reply to post by Valhall
No Valhall, not in response to your post, but you clarified your position nicely and I concur. I was responding to a vague sense I was picking-up that
somehow outrage, and a knee-jerk call for vengeance is unacceptable human behavior. That we 'should' bypass/suppress our innate emotional responses,
and immediately open the forgiveness valve. As a human that has experienced more than his share of violence, I don't think it works that way.
Many have difficulty accepting the reality that there exist some individuals who offer no positive value to society...and they never will...only
damage. Their position is generally based on theological interpretations...to which I take exception.
I believe that all are worthy of redemption, but it is a harsh awakening when one comes to the realization (however that may occur) that not all of
humankind is actually redeemable. Some will argue that they are simply under demonic influences that can be purged through ritual, prayer, and right
understanding/relationship with a creator.
I say some are simply broken.
Is it necessarily they're fault? No it isn't, not always, but it's not the cause of their behaviors that concerns me. It's the end result. When it
comes to protecting our children...we could do better.
I realize that my understanding may be considered heresy by many that support a Judeo-Christian culture and ethics, but it's my understanding
none-the-less...based on personal experience.