Friday, September 14, 2007

Fridays with DaNte - 3rd Post

Fridays with DaNte!!!

It's another Friday! Time flows very quickly and impatiently. Somehow this week felt instantaneous... Maybe it's because I was preocc
upied 24/7. For your information, I slept at 2:00 or 3:00 AM twice this week. I am suffering from lassitude and sleeping sounds very tempting now. However! I'd like to finish my responsibilities before I call it a day. So lets begin!

Erratic Picture of the Day!

That looks nice...

Auspicious Quotes
"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value" Albert Einstein

Word of the Day

Intangible (adj) - not definite or clear to the mind. Synonyms: impalpable, indiscernible, incoherent, subtle

Core Topic of the Day

Complete Absolution or Absolute Condemnation?
Note: I am only writing only for sheer interest and I do not mean to be so pious or devout.

Have you ever thought what real justice is? A complete absolution or an absolute condemnation of delinquents? Law departments in most countries of the world believe in absolute condemnation, which was to condemn and punish all the crimes of the antagonists of the society with death sentence. Some countries started to alter the policy, and condone the antagonists by giving them a life sentence, or an ephemeral prison life. Which one is better?
This thought was aroused after reading an addictive and alluring comic book called 'Death Note'. The story in this comic was about a lad who accidentally obtained a notebook from an obscure realm which instantly kills people if their name was written in the notebook. He believed that all criminals should be condemned to death in order to stop the crime spree in the society. Thus he started to assassinate the criminals one by one, casting fear in the minds of society. An aptitude, eccentric, erudite and prominent investigator with the initial 'L' was summoned by the law department in order to end the massacre of criminals. 'L' and the law factions believed 'Kira', or the killer, shouldn't kill those criminals, because some have done minor infringements. Many battles of acumen and wits occurred between these opposing characters, and finally it resulted in the death of 'L'. However, as a quote said that 'justice always prevails', a successor of 'L' named 'Near' continued the scholarly and strategic battle against the so called 'God of the New World'. The owner of the Death Note became so ambitious and obsessed, and even sacrificed his father to continue his streak as a god. In the end, the owner of the Death Note was killed with the ominous Death Note by the Death God, who originally owned the deleterious notebook.

From this intriguing comic book I was enlightened about facts of 'Complete Absolution or Absolute Condemnation'. In my personal opinion, I believe in complete absolution. As imperfect human beings all of us deserves a second chance. I also believe that God commands us to forgive each other and have compassion. Again, as human beings we all make mistakes. We are forgiven, yet we keep on repeating over and over again our old misdemeanor. Sometimes in the society, absolution will not work. If that happens, the last resort will be condemnation. With fear of death and fear of spending the rest of their poor souls behind the cold, ominous cells, criminals will subdue their malice and aversion. In this case, condemnation seems to be the dominating and effective way.
On the other hand, the Bible mentioned that we do not have the right to seize other people's lives. Only God has the complete control of the lives of His creation. We, as His creation, are made to collaborate with each other to glorify His name, NOT to seize and deteriorate each other's lives. This stipulates that condemnation is morally and spiritually wrong, if we set the Bible as the basis of our mindset. I also believe that we shouldn't take people's lives, and as mentioned, every single one of us deserves a second chance, no matter what misdemeanor and mischievous acts we have done. If they keep on repeating the mistakes they had done, let the higher beings, be it God or whatever god or goddess or deity (I personally believe God) up there to unleash their divine retribution upon the delinquents. Our job in this world is only to condone each other and aid them to be a better person.
Why bother forgiving when ending their lives are easier? Excluding the fact that all of us came from different cultural or spiritual backgrounds, all humans think that they deserve to live. Even atheists still defend another people's poor soul. In a morally correct and refined society, most of the times the higher authorities ensure the safety and equal lives of the denizens. This means that even criminals still deserve the right to live, ignoring their sins and malice. However, even mercy has its limits. Suppose the law-breaker did a stupendous nefarious act, the authorities will rescind their mercy and condemn the sinner to death.
Despite their efforts to devoid crime from the society, crime rates are still climbing its way to its orgastic hectic. Everyday newspapers emphatically display news about people dying, drug-addicts convicted, rapists captured, children abducted, and so on. The Georgia Crime Rate fluctuated from the preceding year. Sometimes they rise, sometimes they decrease. Australia's crime rate rose for about 50% in 17 years. Can our future generation and successors live in peace? Can our generation unbound us from this endless sanguinary tragedy? How can we eliminate the uncertainty of a protected and peaceful future?
My personal opinion is to condone law-breakers, for we all imperfect beings make mistakes. Only God has the power over humans lives. However, sometimes the world won't just appreciate the mercy and grace, unless death or life sentence is upon them. What do you think?

Joke of the Day!

One Hump Or Two? A very respected Captain in the foreign legion was transferred to a remote desert outpost. On his orientation tour he noticed a very old, seedy-looking camel tied out behind the enlisted men's barracks. He asked the Sergeant leading the tour, "Why is a camel tied to the barracks?" The Sergeant replied, "Well sir, it's a long way from anywhere, and the men have natural sexual urges, so when they do ... uh ... we have the camel." The Captain said, "Well, I suppose if it's good for morale, then I guess it's all right with me." After he had been stationed at the fort for six long, lonely months, the Captain simply couldn't control his sexual angst any longer. He barked to his Sergeant: "BRING THE CAMEL INTO MY TENT!" The Sergeant shrugged his shoulders, looked at the other men, and lead the camel into the Captain's quarters. Within a few minutes, the Captain emerged from his tent, fastening his trousers, almost beaming with pride. "So, Sergeant, is that how the enlisted men do it?" he asked. The Sergeant replied, "Well, sir, they usually just use it to ride into town."


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