The behavior/ action I chose would be the implementation of death penalty to reinforce and exercise justice. In my perspective, I would consider this to be the right action to take against the most notorious criminals. This is because of the implications that arises from this practice. The death penalty / capital punishment is simply to exert pressure to the public to reduce the possibility of crimes. My basis from this is derived from my own reasoning. Applying the death penalty into judicial systems can have an impact in the psyche of the people in the area – discourage them to commit any crimes especially the one classified under murder. Without the death penalty, there is the possibility of ex-inmates committing the crime and this is derived from his/ her experience from his/ her respective first murder victim. Usually, murder suspects grow this habitual tendency to explore more of this feeling every after murder which results to even more killings. Thus, through the practice of death penalty, people would gradually have to learn to surpress this feeling and avoid other vices that correspond to the same level of offense under murder.
However, I too have to consider the negative implications of enacting the death penalty. Firstly, the question that lingers around this issue would be, ” Who are we to judge one’s life on?” The emergence of life deciding factors into the situation can prove to be a big obstacle which makes this issue a hot debated topic across the globe. Each and one of us have no right to terminates one’s life, but my stance still stands clear in spite of my contradictory views. I still believe that the implementation of the death penalty will be beneficial for society because of the magnitude of effects.
Under certain situations, some practices or behaviors need not to be classified under bad nor sinful. For instance, stealing, one of the most misunderstood underhanded practices, can be used for the good. A paragon of this example could be found in the tale of Robin Hood. Because of the King John’s tyranny, the people suffered heavy financially. As a result a daunting person who went under the alias of Robin Hood performed clandestine acts to recover the assumed “stolen wealth” of the people by invading the castle of the King. Due to his valiant acts, he was exalted in his society and labelled him a hero, but on the other hand, the government saw this act as an offense against the state. Hence, he had to perform these acts under the shadows, unnoticeable by the public eye. Therefore not all of the unethical actions can be deemed to be not absolutely wrong or sinful. The main focus should be the motive behind the act before we can classify these acts under bad or sinful.
Based on my answers, I guess I can describe myself to be a rationalist by the fact that I laid down my viewpoints on issues both the negative and positive effects.
Keper, deciding whether the death penalty can be ethically incorrect can be absolutely difficult. Several issues can arise from this practice such as the implications and other factors, but it is up to you to decide whether to classify this act to be immorally correct. Base it on your reasoning. If you find the practice to be favorable through weighing the implications, then perhaps the practice may be ethical. However you should also take note of the negative side-effects of the practice in order to gain a better picture of the whole issue. Let me ask you, what are your feelings towards this practice? If you find yourself on the fault, then maybe it is an indication that you are against this act; then again if your feelings lie true to your opinionated views of the situation, maybe the act is correct. However before deciding on it to be correct, cast some suspicion behind your choice. Create hypothetical situations wherein this practice will apply into the context of your situation. Likewise, if you find nothing wrong about the practice then it can be a sign of acceptance. Overall, the decision lies with you but do not rush with decision-making, arrive to your stance by using your reasoning and emotions .