We are without doubt screwed up by our need to point our fingers of blame, it’s become the foreplay for the act of punishing someone. It’s as if there is some deep need to take another human being, and prove that they have done something horrible to justify an even darker act of so called “redemption’. The very act of picking someone to single out holds a certain amount of darkness within itself. I myself have been guilty of this deplorable behavior. It’s not to say that certain acts don’t deserve to be punished. I just reject the thought that issuing it should be done with the intention of self serving angry satisfaction.
I know what your thinking “great another bleeding heart liberal” so let me put your mind at ease. I do believe in punishment for premeditated, conscious acts against any living being. I’m just saying that by now we should as a society be as intent on what causes a person to commit these acts. We should have the same full force passion on discovering these causes, as we do for punishing them. You know ” an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” mindset.
I know you can’t change the world. You can’t change the nature of the beast. With this kind of thinking we could of never put a man on the moon, or developed cures for certain diseases. We could at the very least acknowledge that we do get some kind of perverse sense of pleasure out of blaming and punishing others.