7 thoughts on “Paul’s One Big Question for October 16, 2018”

  1. Paul, I wanna point out that justifications are easy to come by, and they can be absolutely divorced from what is morally right. Justifying killing another human is pretty simple. “Well, the bastard deserved it. Well, I was in a hurry, and he just kept talking. Well, it was my last bullet, I had to spend it on something.”

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  2. Every single time, I quite suspect, unless it was a genuine accident. Generally speaking, people don’t kill other people intentionally unless they think that killing was justified by circumstance. But if we’re asking legally, or morally, the consequences of death are the same whether or not the killer felt their actions were justified and we must respind to those consequences. Personslly, I would consider myself to have similar responsibilities to someone harmed justly or unjustly by my hand. If murder, some mother or son or spouse just lost someone, whether or not I thoughg that person needed to die.

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  3. I’m gonna go with the eleven year old girl, old enough to f-cking know better, who drove me to distraction in the grocery store Monday by screeching repeatedly, like a factory whistle, for no goddam reason for the better part of ten minutes. I did everything I could to get away from her but eventually had to go down the same aisle just as she let out another shrill shriek. I jumped out of my socks and yelped “CHRIST would you please STOP IT!!!”

    So her mother starts blowing up at me with “Don’t you yell at MY CHILD” rather than smack the kid sideways and tell her to behave, which should have happened ten minutes before.

    In a just universe, I’d be absolved for terminating both of them in the most quick and efficient manner possible.

    I’m only half joking. Some people make it clear that they simply have no interest in common decency to other people. Their presence on earth will always be a net detraction. Why should they live?

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