Hello! For those of you anxiously waiting for the MasterChef recap, I’m afraid you will have to wait a little bit longer. I will shoot out a quick, condensed version to wrap up this season soon!
I was reading this story on CNN, and it forced me to ponder a question that I’ve been pondering on and off for YEARS: Is the death penalty ethical? Should I support its use or vote for its prohibition? Certain crimes are heinous beyond belief, and I can completely understand, and occasionally feel compelled to join in the chorus of voices calling for capital punishment and closure. There are certain times where I feel like society would truly be better off without certain individuals (and I’m not just talking about the asshole that cut me off on the highway today). People like Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, etc come to mind.
Other times, I think that capital punishment is terminating an individual’s potential to do good in society. I believe that all people, no matter how awful their past may be, have potential to benefit society in positive ways. By putting criminals to death, you are effectively saying that they were beyond redemption. Is it possible that hidden in the mind of an executed criminal is the potential spark that may lead to a cure for cancer, the key to the eradication of AIDS, the breakthrough that might enable the world to efficiently produce enough healthy, safe food to feed our ever growing population? Also, no justice system is ever “perfect”, and occasionally a court may order the execution of an innocent man. Is that a risk we should be willing to take?
These are questions that I honestly don’t know the answer to, and I don’t currently have a well formed opinion on this issue. I would love y’all’s feedback. Tell me why you support or reject the death penalty. Think about it from a spiritual/religious, moral/ethical, economic, psychological, social/societal, logistical, political, legal, etc. perspective. Please keep the discussion civil and respectful, and I look forward to listening to what you guys have to say (and playing the devil’s advocate if I feel like it haha).