John Mikes writes:
> Re: capital punishment:
> 1. it is not a punishment because after the fact the punished has no way to
> be sorry or to improve.
> 2. punishing is a vengeance-related hypocritical self-aggrandisement assigned
> to gods and god-like feelings in humans.
> 3. I agree to discontinue the existence of individuals who are incapable to
> keep up with the prudent societal living (even by execution) - not as a
> punishment, but as the self defense of society. Long term incarceration has
> the danger of a jail brake turning the incorrigible also loose. Emotions in
> sentencing would degrade the punisher to the level of the murderer.
> (4: I do not condone the right of politicians to authorize killing
> (exception: self defense against a murderous intruder) so I do not celebrate
> war heroes of wars initiated for political purposes. - but this is beyond
> the subject).
I agree with you (except for 3), but a capital punishment enthusiast might
simply disagree about what punishment is meant to do etc., and an impasse is
reached. It becomes in the final analysis our personal values against theirs.
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