“You don’t know what it’s like.”
by, 30th January 2011 at 12:41 AM (1148 Views)
Here's a blog post from Corridor of Words that I thought I might share with you:
And before anybody cries plagiarism, yes, Corridor of Words is my blog.This phrase goes two ways, for the moralizers. As in, they argue either for or against it, depending on the situation.
One is a response to when people decry the victims of a crime for seeking revenge against the criminal – say, in the case of a murder. They will argue, “you have no right to argue when you yourself have not seen the death of a loved one due to murder.”
This would be perfectly okay, were it not for the opposite being true in the converse case – these same situationists will argue that the criminal should not receive any mercy or pity when receiving a punishment. Why doesn’t anybody argue that “you have no right to argue when you yourself have not committed a crime and felt horrible about it afterwards”? Is the double standard of responsibility so great that we are willing to forgo mercy in the name of some ancient, primitive form of “justice”? It’s as if the criminal is no longer a human being after committing a crime.
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