Vengeance, Punishment, Compensation and the Law=repost from 2004
It's in the Books
Two statements common to most Bibles are 'Thou shall not kill' and Vengeance is mine.
In the Tao Te Ching which serves as the holy scripture of Taoism it is stated 'There is always an Official Executioner
If you try to take His place It is like trying to be a master carpenter and cutting wood
If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter You will only hurt your hand.'
This gives the reason not to kill \\In the Bibles It is simply said that Vengeance is mine/ with no reason given however I can see the intent as being the same. If someone is supposed to die they will. Society can protect itself without brutalizing itself. They now are executing persons considered insane and trying to kill younger ones so it is not generally getting better . Punishment and protecting society have little to do with each other. Society is protected when a criminal is locked away. Society can demand compensation for a crime without making it a form of vengeance, If one takes a life unjustly then they need to be prevented from doing it again. The weasel wording used to justify state murder is not acceptable to all. At least we don't whip criminals any more or do we when we use corporal punishment on children teaching them how not to be violent.
This lesson is then effectively passed on to the next generation.
© 2004 albert vallone - 9/27/15