I was discussing murder and jail time with a friend of mine recently. We were talking about how a convicted paedophile is set to be released early and Oscar Pistorius being released on bail too. In both cases he thought that it was too soon, which I agreed with.
But then when we started to talk about what we'd do if someone killed a close friend or family member, and he jumped on the "I'd kill them" bandwagon.
I told him that killing them is fruitless, that it does more harm than good and that the victim (i. e your friend or fmaily member) wouldn't want you to suffer jail for the rest of your life.
I think he kind of understood where I was coming from, but why do people jump to killing other who killed someone they care? Are you that kind of person and do you ever think about the consequences?
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I have the feeling that many people - especially in the US - are extremely primitive thinking when it comes to this topic and extremely vengeful. The death penalty is a great example for this. Still today, in 2015 there is a majority of Americans who are in favor of the death penalty. You can bring forth literally any argument there is (death penalty is actually more expensive than life sentences, it's inhumane, it doesn't reduce crime rates, innocent people have been killed, European countries and their crime rates prove it's not the way to go etc. etc.) and yet, people will still favor it. They will listen to your rational arguments half-heartedly only to say in this end "well... I just think this person should die". I think quite similarly to you and man, it can be so frustrating. I don't think I could ever kill anyone. I can't say it for sure because I have never been in that situation but at least I hope that I would have the emotional strength in that kind of situation to not do anything idiotic. A lot of people (especially men) regard this vengefulness as some sort of hero-play. Die-hard dads so to speak. I think this is absolutely ridiculous. If I was killed, I wouldn't want my dad to run after the killer like a chicken without its head. Killers are for the police and the judge. That's what they are for. My dad's job would be to stay at home and comfort my mom and my siblings. That's a real hero in my opinion. In fact, I have a great example from real life why this can be a terrible decision: in Switzerland, where I live, there was a big air plane crash about 10 years ago. More than 100 people died. A few days after the crash it came out that the reason for the crash was that an air traffic controller hadn't slept enough that night and made a very small - but huge - mistake. When he thought two planes were crashing, he told one of them to fly higher and the other one to fly lower. But because there was hill and the second plane was already flying low, it crashed into a forest. On that plane was a Russian family: a mom and three little kids. All of them died in the crash. The only surviving people were the dad and his little baby who had stayed in Russia. A few weeks later he fly to Switzerland, found the air controller's house, rang the bell and when the guy opened, the Russian man killed him with a huge kitchen knife. Now instead of taking care of his only child, this baby has to grow up in some crapy Russian foster home. What's the point of that?1