Oh of course, I wasn't saying that all murderers are just misunderstood saints or anything like that, some are horrible people. Just that the situation isn't black and white. The world isn't divvied up into good people and bad people, and one wrong move doesn't permanently make someone a monster.astasia wrote: There are things that you hear about - violent, serial pedophiles, for example - who make me wish that they no longer existed.
I can comment on this. I think this is just the driving value of our society. It's all about money, you can't do anything without it or go anywhere without it. And if you want any power you need it. This of course carries into so many other issues, the environment for example. Yes we're destroying the rain forests and yes more and more animals are becoming endangered every day, but that's because it's still profitable. If people would stop eating shark fin soup, sharks would stop being over fished. I'm not saying it's right, because of course it's not, but it is unfortunately how we are set up as a society. So it's hardly surprising, from my perspective anyways that the main argument here would be money and not ethics.However, this thread was not intended to be a comment on whether or not you think the death penalty is right or wrong. I think what is interesting about it, is the fact that the concern is not about human lives, but about the cheapest option. (And, yes, I forget who said it, but prevention would be the cheapest option. Instead of spending about $50,000 per person per year for incarceration, let's spend $50,000 per child per year on education.) When you're talking about lives, how can you not feel ashamed if your biggest concern is the finances of killing them?
But of course who's going to side with a murderer right? It's probably also a lot easier to speak out against the death penalty if you do it from an economic stand point. At least more people would probably listen.