The execution of Troy Davis and subsequent reaction, the cheering for all the executions in Texas, hell even the people that yelled “YEAH” during the Tea Party debate when the question about letting an uninsured man die has got me thinking about the over all state of our society.
We have historically been bloodthirsty as a species, we are merely clever apes after all, history is full of wars, murders, public executions, sacrifices, and bloodsport. We design devices specifically for killing other people.
But shouldn’t we be better than this? Why revel in the death of another? Aside from the debate over capital punishment, shouldn’t it be a solemn event when taking the life of another, what ever the reason?
Part of what I feel separates humanity from other animals is the ability to objectify our thoughts. The ability to ask our self about the motivations behind our actions.
Like I stated in “How to be a Free Thinker”, you should always be questioning yourself, this includes the motivations behind your actions and the rationality of such motivations.
While we, as a species,have a long history of bloodlust, shouldn’t we strive to be better than our past?
Doesn’t this make us just as detestable as the the cheering mobs at public executions in the past, the people who pit fellow humans against each other in bloodsport, or the people who celebrate in the streets over the deaths of those who’s ideologies are different than theirs?
We should be horrified over this type of behavior. Shouldn’t there should be more respect, more sanctity of human life than this?
I feel we can’t move forward as a society if we continue to tolerate the celebration of taking another human life.