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adesh saxena

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Indian Medical Association

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An Eye for an Eye . Do you agree or disagree?

An eye for an eye is based on the philosophy of instilling fear in the heart of people, so that they will think twice before commiting a crime. I have seen this system works so well in some middle eastern countries as far as the crime rate is concerned.
Presenting your another cheek if you are slapped, tries to bring change in heart of an offender ,. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind is their philosophy.It works well in other parts of the world as far as growth of society is concerned.

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    Feb 22 2013: It is what our nature says when we are angry. But, when you cool down, logic and wisdom and stuff come and say:
    Do you want the whole world blind ?
    And, ah, nope !
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      Feb 22 2013: On a personal level i would not like to seek revenge, but if i am an authority, a country what should i do
      Should we punish the guilty or not?
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        Feb 22 2013: For me, punishing somebody does not give me anything. I have still lost something.
        I believe that the aim of punishment should be lowering the number of crimes, not anymore, and its level depends on the time. It's kind of like what Plato said: "Criminals are mental sicks and they should be treated as patients so they can come back to society."
        I do not say I'm totally on it in my personal life, but it is my creed. No revenge, just stop it.
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          Feb 22 2013: As a country we need laws to punish the offender. The punishments should be such that they do not appear to be worst than the crime committed . What we miss in current scenerio is lack of efforts to bring a welcome change in the hearts of criminals.There is no law which binds authorities to bring the change. Do you agree with what i say? On a personal level i would not like to seek revenge, but if i am an authority, a country what should i do ?
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        Feb 22 2013: See, our final goal is decreasing crimes. We want to have less of these in our country. So I think sometimes we should sacrifice criminals. It is kind of like qurantine contagious patients to stop spreading a disease. It is a complex problem that you should consider many many aspects there. Maybe as a judge, you do what you thought it was wrong before.
        In personal life, I do not seek revenge, but sometimes I should show people that some points that they have because of me, has a price, that they should pay by giving me some points. All is a deal. If you are really curious about it, I suggest you the book "Leviathan" by Thomas Hobez.

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