I’m prompted to ask this because of a disturbing experience on another forum. Someone posted an article about a mother with a clear mental illness who tried to kill her child. Many of the posters commented that she should die for what she did, that she deserved no compassion or sympathy, that they’d like to see her suffer and be given the same treatment to what she did to her child, and that no fair trial [or trial at all] was needed. I of course, was 1 of 2 people who argued against this madness.
This really makes you wonder about how hate filled some people are. It shocked me to see how seemingly normal people can state that a person [who by many accounts wasn’t responsible for their actions] they’ve never seen or met deserves no help, no sympathy, and that they want to kill and torture her personally. In fact the only thing they know about the whole thing is through a little article, yet they can still believe in such brutal outright revenge.
My thoughts are that revenge and justice are so often mistaken for each other. As it’s been said before me, an eye for an eye and the world goes blind. I’m not religious, but I just wish people would be more compassionate and understanding of others. What she did was wrong, of course she needs to be punished or rehabilitated, but the reaction it incited was much much worse. Hate like what I saw only increase the cycle of violence and vigilantism. Thanks for bearing with me.