This isn’t a topic that I’d normally blog about but I was very intrigued by it.
Recently in the news, there is a case about a condemmed man in Utah who chose death by firing. This is unusual as this will be the first time in 14 years that a person in the USA will be executed that way.
And in all honesty before hearing about this, I wasn’t aware that the condemned could choose the way that they are executed. I’ve always assumed that it would be by injection since some archaic methods such as the electric chair was phased out. Personally I think that its a grotesque way to go anyway.
In any case, what’s also interesting that I’ve learnt recently is that there is no death penalty in Italy, as well as all of Europe despite the severity of the crime. That made me very surprised as growing up, I’ve always thought that it would be natural to have each crime have its punishment in accordance. Every action would have a reaction, right? And for every thing that you do, there will be consequences. Regardless of how big or how small the action is.
And thus, that is why we have rules to keep us in check. A form of prevention and deterrence as well as apt punishment. Such as fines for petty crimes and jail for frauds.
Although now as an adult, some of these punishment seems overly excessive. For example, the death penalty for possession of 15 grammes of marijuana, which by the way, has scientific evidences that it is helpful in medicinal uses. And recently, the news in regards to a Swiss national charged over graffiti in a Singapore train. While I don’t condone what he did, I don’t believe that what he did justifies an arrest. That sort of thing seems trivial to me and needs to be dealt with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
But to me, I’m willing to go ahead with the punishment. Seems a fair deal, don’t you think? Since in the end, all these severe rules leads to Singapore having the lowest crime rate in the world. And personally, I believe in the effectiveness of corporal punishment.
Hence for the longest time, I grew up believing that death penalty was natural. And in a way, I still do. If you murder someone, you pay for it. You know, an eye for an eye. Seems fair. Thus, I was very surprised when Cart explained to me that there are no such thing as a death penalty in Italy. Even if a person has committed the highest crime, he will not be condemned to death and instead be jailed, possibly for life.
Cart does not believe in the eye for an eye analogy. Instead, he believes that a human does not have the right over the life of another human. He thinks that death is not a solution and there are better ways in dealing in this situation such as rehabilitation. This is probably one big topic in regards to parenting that we should discuss too, since I am for corporal punishment for our future kid while he is against the idea.
Suddenly this comes to mind, a little out of topic though.
If you refrain someone from something, and have a rule of abstinence, though it might be effective for a percentage, there is a big possibility that the act will be done. Many religious countries having high cases of sex related crimes, even with the high amount of taxes for cigarettes, there are still a large demand for it, and despite the tough punishment, there are several countries with crime rate highest among the world.
Its a food for thought.
Sidenote : Doing a bit of changes to the blog. Will probably reinstall wordpress over the weekend. Hopefully I don’t do anything to break this blog -_-