Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's just wrong

This thing that we do, where we find someone guilty and weigh his past, weigh the aggravators of his crime against the mitigators of his life, where we sit in judgment and say "this person should die," where we calmly, coolly, rationally, and with complete and total premeditation, put a needle in his arm and fill him with poison that will end his life: It's just wrong. 

No matter how justified we want to pretend it is.  No matter how much he brought it on himself with his actions.  No matter how much he deserves it or has forfeited his right to life.  It's just wrong.

Killing people is just wrong.  Why is that simple, basic truism so easy for people to set aside?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone thinks that it is easy. But whether it is necessary is the true question. I think it is. In my opinion, some people do things so horrific that they cannot be members of the human race anymore.

S said...

Anonymous, you're just wrong. It's wrong to kill. We cannot let what they did determine what it's ok for us to do. It isn't up to us to decide who gets to be members of the human race. I think less of you for believing you're entitled to make that judgment. Sorry, but killing people is just wrong.

mikeb302000 said...

I'm with you, S. I cannot understand how people can insist it's OK for the State to do what the individual cannot.

 
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