Argh. Replies getting erased just as I finish them
. Anyways let's try this again if I can remember most of it:
You bring a good idea/alternative to the table that I somehow entirely overlooked; which I think would make the need for execution null and void if it
ever came up. I'm talking about allowing people the choice to die. So often nowadays, we just can't seem to let people die. It is like we FORCE
people to live unnaturally, until eventually even modern medicine cannot help them survive. Perhaps it is because of our society that loves lawsuits,
and we are just covering our own butts through this practice, so that family members cannot turn around to doctors and say "You let my family member
die!" and sue them. Why can't people choose to move on, once they feel they have gained everything they can from life? I don't think suicide has to
be something attached to depression and turmoil. It can just be a step up to new challenges and opportunities for learning. Most people wouldn't
force someone to stay in grade one who is reading and writing at a grade five level, I would hope. So why do we have to become so caught up in life
that we look at it the same way, and assume that "this" is all there is.
Anyways, if population does ever become a live-or-die problem, I would hope that governments first give people the CHOICE to die, before moving on to
executing people against their will. I think enough people would choose to die that it would balance out and the execution would not be necessary. But
of course, there are many people against euthanasia as well. But I am on board with you on the idea that... if people have the right to live, they
should also have the right to die.
It is my personal belief though that there is no controlling humanity, and we are bound to spread across every inhabitable inch of the globe like a
plague until we consume all of our resources and destroy ourselves. We have no predators, and very little to worry about in life that can unavoidably
kill us. It reminds me of the Provincial Park where I often used to go camping. They had a terrible problem with overpopulation of deer. There
weren't enough wolves/coyotes in the park to deal with them all, and hunting in the park is not allowed, so they spread out of control with no
limitations (much like humans) until they had consumed all of their food supply. They ate every reachable bit of grass, bush, or any other edible
plant until there was nearly nothing left. In some areas of the park they put up fences to illustrate the difference between the grass outside (eaten
to oblivion) and the plants inside that the deer could not reach. The deer population was about 3 times what the area could support. Some deer were
forced to eat the grass along the edge of the road and garbage, which led to problems with humans and many being hit by cars
. So they had a
controlled hunt and got the population back to normal, and there were no more poor starving looking deer on the side of the road. Before the hunt, you
could see a deer every few hundred feet. Afterwards, they were afraid of humans again, and you were lucky to see one walking on a long secluded trail
(as it probably should be). Anyways sorry for the long story, but I think humans are headed to the same overpopulation situation, and nobody will be
able to solve it except ourselves (Or aliens maybe, who knows. lol!) But I'm sure the deer would have chosen death if given the opportunity/ability.
Heck, maybe some of them were jumping out in front of cars on purpose.. you never know.
And thank you for your comments, although I don't see how I'm courageous. In fact I'd consider myself quite a coward. Still, it brought a smile to
my face though, and perhaps a little blushing too lol. If nothing else, it is good to hear 'adults' finally taking me seriously. Thank you for
seeing past the age barrier and seeing that we are all ATSers here, regardless. I think it takes a very special kind of person to be able to do that.
Although I'm 18 so I suppose I AM "one of them" (an adult) now, I still feel like I am stuck in the mindset of a 13 year old at times. lol. I enjoy
combining the intelligent mindset of an adult with the childish inquisitiveness and sense of adventure, and I hope I never lose it. Children are
filled with some of the best ingenuity and worldviews of all our populace.
Edit: Wow that was long. I probably could have/should have made that into a podcast.
[edit on 1-10-2005 by Yarcofin]