Taking a Life is Taking a Life
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.
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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