Why is capital punishment devastating to the success and order of modern civilizations?Â When you kill innocent people, order falls apart.
Evidence that *suggests* about 175 innocent people were put to death (I am sure that number is debatable), exonerated with DNA evidence.Â With this Illinois article, they proved that over 50% of death row inmates were innocent and resultingly freed.
And here is the kind gentleman that we are talking about today…
read about him… and learn.. and help!!!
Soâ€¦ I have done a lot of activism for my niche philosophical beliefsâ€¦. And capital punishment is way up there.Just my two cents in how to get everyone proselytized and energetic in caring about this issue and this manâ€¦.
Unfortunately, we find that activism gets mired in the hapless self centered day to day operations of living lifeâ€¦. Itâ€™s hard to pay bills, itâ€™s hard to support your familyâ€¦.â€œHow could I possibly focus on this person in another state?How can I really do anything to make a difference?â€People often give up before even trying to help because they think the problem is so much bigger than themselves.Especially something as devastating and frankly, depressing, as capital punishment.
I note that when you challenge someone on their beliefs, prejudices, or thought processes, it can be very hard for people to be receptive.Even if they believe in something (capital punishment) that they have never really thought deeply about.I would venture to say, if you challenged most thinking people on their beliefs of capital punishmentâ€¦. You would get them thinking and help them realize that:
1)Killing a human being, in no uncertain terms, is unethical.There is never a time it is â€œrightâ€ or â€œokayâ€ to kill a human.Never.It is more complex than that (self defense, heat of the moment) of course.But that is ethics.It isnâ€™t vague and fluid like morals.Ethics is ethics.Â
2) No matter how you view the â€œstateâ€ and its needs in protecting the masses, you can never, EVER justify state sponsored murder.We have all heard it.. but killing someone to show killing is wrong isnâ€™t just hypocriticalâ€¦ it is wildly absurd.
â€¦ it seems often with such lofty goals and trying to get to the heart of people you need to do it in a way that doesnâ€™t make them uncomfortable.A lot of people have their mundane existences throttling them such that they feel they wouldnâ€™t have the energy or ability to affect any real change.
That is why I think it is important to realize one way to REALLY get to the heart and soul of the issue is pop culture.It is funny, but the 30 second sound bite culture has a lot of sway.It sort of makes me sick, because instead of getting a group of a few friends together to chat about your beliefs in a panel or debate form (which RARELY happens nowadays)â€¦ having someone watch a movie or TV programme is often a much simpler way to approach opening them up to knew ways of thinking, or believingâ€¦ or filtering the world around them.
Sometimes, giving people the tools to use critical thought to arrive at philosophically sound interpretations of reality isnâ€™t enough, and you sort of have to wage war on their emotions without letting them now. As a skeptic we often have to pull back on our passions so we can get the point across.As soon as you get into a conversation with someone about â€œwhy their beliefs are wrongâ€ or telling them that they can do more than they are doingâ€¦ people donâ€™t listen, they react.They get defensive, feel a lowered self confidence and esteem, and stop receiving your message.
SOâ€¦ this coffee laden ramble leads me to the main point:
MOVIES! Movies are a brilliant way to subtly get your point across without seeming too dogmatic or accusatory (IE â€œyou need to do moreâ€, or â€œyour view on capital punishment is wrongâ€)
So I made a list of a couple movies that might be worthwhile and useful for our mission here.I am sorry I come from the â€œwaiting to organize and save somethingâ€ san Francisco bay area, but organizing a last second movie night with friends would be simpleâ€¦ then have a round table discussion or just chat about Troy in the endâ€¦.I will chat with Lauren about it.
But if you want to do something similarâ€¦. Informal evening with snacks, a movie, and a chat afterwardsâ€¦.
I think it is a powerful tool to use within a community.My two cents:
Dead Man Walking
The Life of David Gale
Even Shawshank, but to a lesser extent.Green Mile too, but it ends up mired in the supernatural and might lose its point.It has an incredible Jesus/Martyr metaphor that is fantastic, however.
I will work different angles and stoke my team of letter writers and devoted advocates for changeâ€¦.
Thanks for alerting me to Troy.It is a cause most of us could do with understanding deeper, and caring about more.
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