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hard questions here
Here are some questions I really struggle with.
A brain injury can dramatically change a person's personality. So suppose a bloke who is a decent, honourable member of society suffers a stroke or physical impact or tumour etc with the result it damages certain parts of the brain and dramatically changes his personality. Suppose it turns him into a psychopath and coward and sexual deviant (such things sadly do happen). Suppose he then does a terrible crime.
Is it his fault he is this way? He can never regain his former decency. Do we punish him? Why?
Do we try and make him suffer? Should we be happy if he suffers?
Should we shoot him?
Should we feel any sympathy for him or the circumstances that led to this? Should we be interested in finding why his brain acted the way it did?
Now suppose a child is born with a damaged brain (suppose a brain bleed during traumatic delivery) that makes them a psychopath and coward and sexual deviant. They grow up and commit awful crimes as a result. They have no say in the matter, probably they are not even capable of realising how unacceptable they are to most people. How do we treat this person?
Are psychopaths actually brain damaged individuals rather than people who have chosen to be that way? If so why do we want to make them suffer for their crimes if the reason they act the way they do is something they cannot change, understand or control?
Please do not jump in and say I am trying to minimise a crime or think such behaviour is acceptable or that I feel compassion for criminal behaviour. I don't. Understanding why someone acts the way they do doesn't make their actions acceptable.
I seriously struggle with these issues. I have seen people's personalities change in awful ways as a result of brain damage. I hate how they became but... they didn't choose to be like that so I felt conflicted when trying to be angry at the person.
, let's just take it to the next logical step up in the scale and put some war presidents away for life.
and its not about shia and sunni alone. christianity was used as an excuse to kill a lot of people long begofore the dichotomy in islam. and continues in this present day.
so please be careful when talking about hypocrisy.
why are you glad it ticked me off btw?
Sent from my Motorcycle idevice
Plus why the fcuk would you let a politician have the power of life and death over you?
I am going to go back and revisit this statement, because over the hundred odd miles I have travelled since I made it, it has been gnawing away at the back of my brain.
I cannot for the life of me understand why people who advocate getting government the hell out of their lives would willingly let the same government hold the power of life or death over them. These people bleat about how they cannot trust the government with the most simple of tasks yet give them ultimate power over themselves.
I find this both intriguing and disturbing.
Can someone explain this to me?
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