I've always been torn on the death penalty. I think unless someone kills one of my children or my wife I will never know how it feels to have a loved one taken from you.
I've always said I wouldn't want the person to die because two wrongs don't make a right. However, unless it happened to me how the fuck would I know what it feels like. Deep down I know I would want to take the person's life with my own hands.
you know how rare it is for the families of victims to actually feel better from having the dude that killed their loved one executed?
there might be a reason for that
I know I wouldn't feel better. It wouldn't provide closure or allow me to move on because I felt the killer was "brought to justice"
Maybe if I were religious and believed he was rotting in eternal damnation it would help.
here's a conclusion i reached
Being in favor of the death penalty essentially is saying some people should be given up on. That some people are just irredeemably evil
, and they will never contribute anything positive to society, they will never be rehabilitated, they can never safely be trusted to be anywhere except segregated from the general population, and that because this is expensive
to spend tax dollars and human resources on dealing with, it would be easier
on society to just kill these people.
When you are saying someone "should" be executed, you are saying that it is too hard
and too expensive
to imprison them. You are giving up on them as a human being. You are saying that their crime, regardless of how mentally ill and/or screwed up by society they'd have to be to commit it, is so evil that it just can't justify them being permitted to live anymore.
just imprison them for life, and make an attempt to rehabilitate them, at the very least as a holding pattern until medical science, psychology, and the science of rehabilitation progresses to a point that maybe we can do something to fix what is wrong with them. But that costs money and requires you to get past your base human instincts to lash out in anger at someone else who hurt you.
So let's just execute people who are inconvenient and expensive to keep alive, especially when they aren't really contributing to society and their continued living makes you feel bad. Right, that's an excellent way to look at the value of human life that doesn't at all
have any sort of larger implications about how you feel about the handicapped or the medically invalid.
It also speaks of something larger, the belief in some kind of objective and universal "evil" that a person just is
on some kind of spiritual level or whatever, and that being a sociopath or a schizophrenic is a sign that something is spiritually wrong
with you. You aren't just a person with an illness, an illness we could potentially treat (and at the very least, should try to treat), you're evil
and need to be removed
from our society that doesn't tolerate evil
I shouldn't have to point out what is problematic with having a worldview like that.