interested13563 54M
985 posts
2/23/2006 10:06 am

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5/9/2006 4:09 pm


"Whether I am happy or miserable, I will not examine",
said he. "It does not befit my intellect and stature
into such purposeless measures to earnestly delve.
My life bursts with high thoughts and deeds.
Friends and foes always seek to encounter me with passion.
Fryne and Antigone always lure me towards opposite extreems.
Time is weighed in silver, platinum, gold, and diamonds.
How can there be a moment for useless introspection?
Why should I need to feel the state of my mind?"
Yet, this illusion will some day abruptly vanish.
The executioner will sternly wait for him at the scafold
and unprepared, the stairs he will slowly ascend.
Then he shall know how vain it has been
such examinations never to undertake.


This is a "what if" poem. What if terms were reversed
and doing business as usual became a crime when it
prevented introspection, analysis, and compassion?
What if the proponents of the death penalty faced the
possibility of experiencing it themselves? Recently
the state of California executed an old man, blind,
almost deaf, diabetic who was pushed to the execution
chamber on a wheelchair. This man, a criminal who
had hired hitmen to murder two people, had suffered
an almost fatal heart attack days before his execution
and would have died had he not been saved only to
be killed later in an official manner. Presumably the
state did not want to deprive him of the experience.
Dislikable as he was, he had not lost his wit. One
wonders at the executioners' cold-blooded attitude,
though. They must have returned to their families
afterwards and played with their children - business
as usual. Remarkably in this "land of freedom"
those who kill a couple of people are correctly
considered murderers but those who kill thousands
are often considered heroes and enjoy tremendous
power over the lives of millions. No introspection,
no deep thinking are encouraged lest they might
lead people to some understanding, let alone some
action. Let us all find justice in peace.


Copyright 2006 by interested13563

rm_Kissmystuff 62F
1435 posts
2/23/2006 12:56 pm

Our "civilization" is full of contradictions...insane and barbaric rationales of "god fearing" people. It seems that there is very little real action when it comes to implementing the most basic morality of all..."treat others as you would want to be treated". Does that mean you let murderers go...NO...but shouldn't the same standard be applied across the board?

I would think that in this money hungry society...that the thought of the money that could have been saved would have promted them to allow the man to die when he had his heart attack. But I guess...once they had saved his life...if they had let him live...beyond his execution would have been more expensive.

Now the state of California is asking doctors to perform the executions by giving the lethal injections!!! To their credit...the doctors did refuse.

I wonder sometimes...we take such pride in our technological advances...but when it comes to our spiritual development...we are barely above the ethics of the troglodytes.



interested13563 54M
2557 posts
2/23/2006 4:39 pm

Kiss, again I have to agree with you.
I follow the story of the California
doctors. It may be even more appropriate
to say "do not treat others in the
way you do not want to be treated"
(a buddhist saying, I think).
Thanks for reading!

interested13563 54M
2557 posts
2/24/2006 1:37 pm

No he had not lost his wit - even though this is irrelevant!

rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
9753 posts
3/4/2006 3:03 pm

great post!

Purry {=}


LustyTaurus 49M
21253 posts
3/4/2006 5:12 pm

I agree with what your line of thought...killing is killing.

I posted FigHTinG for PeACe a short time ago, you may be interested in it.

Good Post


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