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    What role should mercy play in society?

    What role should mercy place in society?

    Mercy: compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power;compassion, pity, or benevolence

    Mercy | Define Mercy at Dictionary.com
    There are many opportunities for us to show mercy to others in society. Our society is filled with criminals, deceptive politicians, narcissistic celebrities, people whom we deem immoral and others who act in ways that society considers negatives. Much, if not most, of the time, these people are met with fervent condemnation. It's cool to say that you hate reality stars. It's common to believe that murderers should be killed. It's normal to argue that bigots deserve nothing but disdain.

    But mercy is rare. Should it be? What role should it have in society? What role does it have in your decision-making process?
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Really depends on what transgressed.
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Don't like the choices. Society should first try to show mercy unless the person or group involved have proven to be ruthless, unrepentent and merciless.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Seems to me it would be foolish to express mercy towards somebody who is likely to continue their destructive pattern of behavior. So without some level of contrition and rehabilitation I see no reason to introduce any act of mercy into the discussion. Some guy going on a killing rampage shouldn't be shown mercy as long as he's actively trying to keep killing. And if it's determined that he's unable to succeed in rehabilitation efforts, what level of mercy is even safe to offer up to him?

    The "noble criminal" perhaps deserves mercy...the man who steals to feed his family, the woman who attacks her husband to stop him from beating their children, the crazed father who beats the living hell out of the man who raped his daughter and "got away with it"....but to have mercy upon somebody who is repetitively and intentionally destructive to society of their own will and volition? I see no need.
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    not everybody deserves mercy ,in my opinion...

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    In Christianity, there's a sin called legalism. It means when you understand the letter of the law without understanding the spirit behind it.

    Mercy, or more accurately, grace, is about just this. It's about making sure we don't sacrifice intentions for results.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    WHen it comes to the legal or penal system, I think mercy should play a role and revenge should have no place in the legal system. But as was said above, that doesn't mean, of course, that criminals should get away with their crimes, or be allowed to continously pose a threat to society.

    But I believe in second chances (or third chances, for that matter) even for horrible criminals. Punishment should first of all serve the goal of protecting society, second the goal of rehabilitation of the criminal, third as deterrence for others -- it should not be a means to force revenge on the perpetrator, IMO.

    Some claim we need this revenge to make victims feel comfortable again. I don't believe it does. On the contrary, revenge consumes the soul of the victim, takes his or her humanity away from the victim and allows the crime to win.
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    If one acts merciful towards a transgressor who brutalizes others in such a way as to allow a pattern of continued brutalization, is one actually acting mercifully?

    The notion of mercy is similar to the notion of tolerance in that it shouldn't demand the suspension of the sort of moral reasoning required in order to evaluate the big picture.
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    not everybody deserves mercy ,in my opinion...
    I don't think anyone deserves mercy, but I do think those who are merciful to everyone and anyone are the most honorable of society. And when I say "mercy", I do not mean simply letting criminals out of jail to harm others again. Mercy can simply mean showing compassion rather than condemnation or choosing to inflict a lesser, but still effective, punishment for a criminal. For example, rather than calling a murderer a monster and wishing him a cruel end, one would still have compassion for him as human being and only wish for the punishment that would protect society from him.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    WHen it comes to the legal or penal system, I think mercy should play a role and revenge should have no place in the legal system. But as was said above, that doesn't mean, of course, that criminals should get away with their crimes, or be allowed to continously pose a threat to society.

    But I believe in second chances (or third chances, for that matter) even for horrible criminals. Punishment should first of all serve the goal of protecting society, second the goal of rehabilitation of the criminal, third as deterrence for others -- it should not be a means to force revenge on the perpetrator, IMO.

    Some claim we need this revenge to make victims feel comfortable again. I don't believe it does. On the contrary, revenge consumes the soul of the victim, takes his or her humanity away from the victim and allows the crime to win.
    Sorry German Guy, you don't get to decide what feelings crime victims have are valid and which aren't. Some surviving members of a murder victim's family may well forgive and not want to see a harsh penalty for the killer. I dare say though, that most loved ones feel worse if the killer (or molester or whatever) is treated too lightly. You may not agree with the death penalty (as an example) but victim's families have a right to their anger.

    Retribution is a perfectly valid part of punishing criminals.

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