I find I'm beginning to understand the refusal of the Amish to press a case in court and the general reluctance to appeal to governmental structures among some Anabaptists, Mennonites, Quakers and the like. In some ways it's an embodiment of what we Mahāyānists resolve to do when we take the Sixth Precept, Not Speaking of the Faults of Others.
It's one thing directly to address someone with whom we have an issue. It's another to appeal to a third party. Would we hear as much of Hakuin if instead of replying with "Is that so?" to the charge of fathering the village maid's baby he had filed a counterpaternity suit and submitted to DNA testing? The truth will out, so what's the rush? And if the other side doesn't see it now, and even if it puts us out in the process, what's the harm in the end?
How much less would I speak if I set myself to doing a better job of observing this precept? How much better off would I and the rest of the world be!