Gambling with Death
Our culture has become a culture of
death. We have become fascinated with killing human
beings in an attempt to solve our problems. A judge would
call this pursuit a classic case of premeditated murder
for which people are put on the electric chair.
But as a society, we reserve ourselves the right to
resort to murder in our response to problems, as
irrational as this may sound. We murder our prisoners and
give this murder a fancy name, such as executing the
death penalty. All too frequently, though, we murder
innocent men, even when credible evidence of their
innocence has been established. This kind of murder,
though, is usually utilized for political purposes.
Strangely, the commitment to murder is applauded by
society, as in the case when the Presidential candidate
George Bush, the Governor of Texas, announced that he
would execute one prisoner a week until his Presidential
election. Would he be advertising his disregard for human
life if he were not certain that this murdering excites
Except, at what point do we draw the line in 'solving'
our problems with the killing of human beings?