posted on Mar, 22 2009 @ 07:34 PM
I dont agree with the position that article takes that wanting revenge is unhealthy.
Resources are a matter of life and death for people. If you lose your job, your health insurance, your life savings, and then have a critical
illness, you may not be able to afford life saving treatment. It could literally be the death of you.
And I am sure you can think of hundreds of other ways losing your resources can negatively affect your ability to live. You lose your car, lose your
job because the commute is no longer possible for you, Lose your house and end up on the street and are raped or killed, etc.
There is a reason we consider theft a crime. Throughout human history, stealing a persons possessions can lead to the victims death or the death of a
family member. Sure we have more social programs in place today and death is less likely to occur, but it still isnt outside the realm of
Why should we pretend that these people committed a victimless crime? Because the same government programs many of them advocate doing away with are
able to mitigate the dire consequences people face because of their behavior? In other words, is it less a crime to rob you if you have insurance?
No, it isnt.
I think nature has built into groups a desire to weed out members of that group who add little and take much. And I think nature has built into
groups a strong desire to remove members who threaten the survival of the whole group purely out of individual self interest.
I dont necessarily think it is a bad idea to remove from the gene pool the greediest individuals whose rapacious appetites threaten the survival of
the whole. Preferably with life in prison at hard labor, rather than death. I dont think doing it out of rage is a good idea, but thats because rage
is not good for you as an individual. All that physiological response stuff. But I think we need to come down harder on those whose self interests
damage our country and our collective interests as a nation.