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Taking a Life is Taking a Life

Updated on July 22, 2015

Taking a Life is Taking a Life

"They should do to her the same thing she did to her children!" one man roars, "I think that she deserves to be tortured, she should be restrained and dunked upside down in a tank full of water until she passes out," another person protests. These comments were made by people I know, one of whom is close to me. They, as well as other people, were exclaiming their outrage at the horror of what a mother, did to her own children. Yet these same people are for capital punishment and abortions. I am thoroughly puzzled! I can not understand their indignation. Is this woman the only malefactress? The don't see anything wrong in pronouncing judgment on her. These people want her to be killed or to be tortured because she drowned two innocent children.

When Is It Right?

When is it right? When are we entitled to murder: to take another life? Are we entitled when the life is helpless, as in the case of abortion? No, helpless must not be the case. People are offended when a child molester strangles a child to death. They are outraged when a drunk driver hits a kid on a bike, smashing the child's head. They are in an uproar now, over this mother drowning her own children. Don't get me wrong, I do not sympathize with such behavior, but I cannot say we should take her life because she took someone else's.

Capital Punishment

Many people are fighting for capital punishment. They feel that we should not be paying for murderers, child molesters, rapists, or cannibals to live in our prisons. Personally I think it's only fitting that we pay. We want everyone else to pay for their crimes, why shouldn't we be accountable for our own? We are guilty of apathy-- we allow society to determine what our children learn. We allow people to go hungry so that we can have enough to waste. We allow people to freeze to death in the winter because they have nowhere to live, no shelter. We are guilty of neglect. A parent goes to jail and loses their child because of neglect. But collectively, we think we can get away with it.

Stress and Confusion

We are losing more than a child when a woman is so stressed and confused that she straps her kids into the car and drives them into a lake. We lose more than a child when a boy is shot to death for his shoes, because our teenagers have nothing better to do than take drugs, fight with each other and envy what others have.

C. S. Lewis quote

"...Morality raises in a good many people's minds: something that interferes, something that stops you having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine."


Just because society  teaches you to go against your  morals doesn't mean you have to accept it and conform. We can still teach our children morals at home. We can teach them to respect themselves and each other. We can keep them physically and intellectually active so that they don't get bored enough to take drugs. Most importantly we must give them a piece of our time.


We are living in a penitentiary of our own making, we live in fear that someone might break in to our homes and steal something. Afraid that we might be mugged or raped or murdered. Yet it is our own fault we live this way. Human beings have lost their morals, it seems no one knows what is right and wrong anymore. It is not socially acceptable to correct your child in public yet that child had better behave in a manner that is pleasing to the public. If the child doesn't behave properly by social standards, you are a failure as a parent and risk losing the child. In other words we are giving our parenting rights up to society to punish our children. Society is taking control of our lives and we are allowing it to happen.


There are many forms of murder; abortion is murder, capital punishment is murder, neglecting our children is murder. I don't know about anyone else but to me murder is murder and I don't want any part of it. I believe that people who harm others, (in any way), will get what they deserve in their own time. It is not for us to decide. If we choose to execute these people does that not make us murderers too? If we condone abortion are we not accessories to the crime? We blame society for creating criminals: for causing people to commit murder and suicide. But who is society? We are!

C. S. Lewis writes, "...Morality raises in a good many people's minds: something that interferes, something that stops you having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine."

The bottom line is: in each of our hearts we know what is right, so we should do what is right and killing is wrong.

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    • Deltachord profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Your welcome and God Bless.

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for visiting my hub, Deltachord!

      I love that quote. I like C.S. Lewis' thinking. I agree with most of what I have read by this remarkable author.

    • Deltachord profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      I like that you used a C.S. Lewis quote. It is very apt to speak to the morally corrupt decisions that people are prone to make, when they don't follow the moral rules.

      We all don't follow them sometimes and bad things follow the bad decision.

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      So true, AnkushKohli! It is very difficult to know what the answer is in such cases. But if we take the life of another even if they are guilty of taking lives how are we any better? Especially if we take the life of innocent(s), such as terrorists do and even or armies. They feel they have good reason but there are too many innocent people losing their lives or being maimed, crippled, and tortured because of a few.

      Thanks for stopping by. Great comment.

    • AnkushKohli profile image

      Ankush Kohli 

      6 years ago from India

      A question for debate in every society/country in the world. In my country itself, should we feed and protect the terrorist who killed many in Mumbai attacks. Millions of rupees spent on his court proceedings and security. People in general don't even get anything nearby it. So, shouldn't we shoot him instantly or hang as soon as we can. But than taking his life will heel the wounds of victims and give solace to those families who lost their loved ones in this act of madness. May be for a brief moment. Will it make us any brave? Questions are many but answers are still far away.

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Hello, Bob! Of course you are allowed an opinion. Everyone is allowed an opinion. This article is my opinion. I feel that in most cases the person decides what to do with their body when they choose to do what they know can result in a child. There are many ways to prevent that before hand and the most effective way is to abstain.

    • Don Bobbitt profile image

      Don Bobbitt 

      7 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      You know, as a guy, I almost feel that I am not allowed an opinion on this. I like your Hub, and it is clearly right in what it says. But do I have a right to tell anyone what to do with their body? That itself is outside my comfort zone. Way Out.

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Vrajavala, thank you for stopping by.

      I would not call him a sicko Prez. Because a person believes they are doing right does not mean they are sickos. I also believe that bill was passed. I try not to judge especially someone who has such a burden on their shoulders, since I consider that to be bad karma as well.

      I can only imagine how difficult it must be to take on so much responsibility and be bad mouthed at every turn.

      I don't agree with everything he did but he is our President and I try to respect that position. Just as our parents try to do what they feel is best for us, our president does the same.

      I pray for good karma for you, our president, and everyone else!

    • vrajavala profile image


      8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      You know Elena Kagan "fudged" the doctors' reports when she was an adviser to the Clinton administration and made it legal fro partial birth abortions.

      Also, our sicko Prez vetoed the bill that would have allowed hospitals to continue providing survivors of botched abortions.

      Bad karma.

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Hi, Nell!

      We can be can't we? It can be difficult to see your own faults even if you see them in others. Thanks for coming by and commenting. Always appreciated!

      I got your email and sent you another. I hope you get a chance to check out JennyJenny's hubs she has some great recipes. (Heart Rock Cafe)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Dardia, I think people can be very hypocritical, but don't mean to be, it's a very strong subject the death penalty, and they forget about abortions etc, good points you made here, cheers nell

      p.s. just sent you an e-mail, okay?

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      That is very true, JaneA. There are many reasons. Thanks for stopping by.

    • JaneA profile image


      8 years ago from California

      Dardia, a difficult subject for sure. Of course, another argument against the death penalty is that we can get the verdict wrong (as DNA evidence sometimes - belatedly - reveals).


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