Gambling with Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 the public.

Except, at what point do we draw the line in 'solving' our problems with the killing of human beings?


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