‘Today is a good day to die.’
That’s a good ol’ Zen saying, a warrior-spirit of a call that embraces each day of life completely with the knowledge that this could always be our last.
Had it not been for an FBI snafu, Timothy McVeigh would’ve really had to work with that. The twist I want to through in there is that those of us that rightfully believe government-sanctioned murder in the marketing disguise of capital J-Justice, are often wrongfully concerning ourselves with who suffers.
Yes, when Tim gets the needle…and I say when because I’m not so naive that I believe the most notorious American terrorist and mass-murderer has the slimmest chance of being allowed to mock our formidable capital S-System, he will ‘suffer’ death. I’ve heard argument about how we should keep him alive because he really gets to escape by dying. He becomes a martyr for his cause and if we * really* want him to suffer, he should live. And we’ve all heard that it doesn’t bring the dead people back. It’s just more killing. Just sick revenge. Irresponsible. Twisted logic. Playing God. Evil, evil, evil.
All of that…but I say more.
Capital punishment, the premeditated taking of another life is an enormous and erroneous experiment with the most precious commodity we have available to us: our Humanity.
Don’t nod your head in agreement and knowingly tsk in pity for the Attorney General and his legions of death-dealers, the Judge that gave the order, the Injector that carries it out or even that most preposterous of American Marketing Myths gone ballistic ‘the Leader of the Free World’ aka the President. No, it is not just the Humanity of those people that is eroded by their terrible sham.
We all suffer irreparably. We will all go down.
to be continued…
angel Kyodo williams
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