Critical Thinking Class– my answer to someone else’s initial post.
Your post was very well written and you provided your thoughts carefully and well. Though I understand, and my purely human side agrees with you that evil must be eradicated, that a person who kills in cold blood must have an eye for an eye, there is still something that bothers me about capital punishment. No one I’ve ever known has ever been horribly murdered, so I can’t say how I’d feel, but I still think that murder is murder and killing someone for killing is the same thing. You mentioned in your post that we don’t use the same execution methods of the past, but I believe it is the same. It’s funny that our society wants to keep advancing technologically wise and so forth, yet we still cling to our same old ways. Though capital punishment is more controlled, yet flawed, it is still the same. It is still cruel and inhumane. Whether you kill with a noose, a gun, a knife, an electric chair, a pill or an injection, whether it is considered retribution or legal, it is still taking life away from someone who can’t fight back, and isn’t that the same thing that the guilty did to get in this situation? Mr. Spock once said that “madness has no purpose, or reason, but it may have a goal”. There is no civility, morality or humanity in killing another person, even for revenge. Leo Tolstoy said that “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”. We can’t advance as a society if we are still clinging to the ways of thinking of the past. Alena AOS said that “evil preys on the weak because it fears the strong”. If that’s the case, then doing the easy thing, killing one who’s killed another, is the weak thing, and that is only true because there must be strength and courage to forgive those who we deem unworthy. I do believe in consequences and taking responsibility for one’s actions, however, having such a final end such as the death penalty, what is being learned? Throughout the ages, people have murdered people, whether there was fear of being caught or not and been killed for their troubles, and people have still killed. There should be a way of action where the guilty take responsibility in a way that benefits our society in a positive light, that does not drag us back to such barbaric times; an eye for an eye.
Kane from The 100 said “You turn the page, and you don’t look back. You do better today than you did yesterday. You understand? Before you know it, you’ll deserve to survive.”
If wanted, I will post my initial post for Capital Punishment
What do you think about capital punishment? Yea or nay?