Thanks to everyone for their comments, and I'm glad I didn't get flamed for being too 'extreme' in my beliefs, but actually found some kindred spirits...
What many of you said is too true...the lack of taking responsibility, scapegoating, loss of the family structure, ridiculous 'reality TV' shows, even 'road rage'...all signs of the utter breakdown of a civilized society. ¬†True, Sammy, 'an eye for an eye' may seem 'uncivilized', but nowadays, it's the only thing that's understood by those who show no respect for the law or remorse for their crime; for they don't see what they did as a crime. ¬†
Again, to point out what someone else posted, there is a marked lack of serious crime (murder, robbery, rape) in many Middle-Eastern countries due to the *harsh* 'eye for an eye' consequences. ¬†Rob someone/steal? ¬†Get your hand cut off. ¬†Rape someone? ¬†Castration. ¬† You can bet there aren't many there stupid enough to be repeat offenders. ¬†
As an aside, ¬†I think I've mentioned this before, I'm a gun owner, and I firmly believe an armed society is a more polite society, because that means that since the criminals aren't the only ones that are armed, and they won't know who is, they may think twice before perpetrating a crime against someone who may blow their freaking head off. ¬†Let someone break into my house, they're leaving in a body bag. ¬†(And since I live in Colorado, we have the 'Make My Day Law', and I can legally shoot someone who enters my property. ¬†I don't think that's being uncivilized. ¬†It's called 'Lex Talionis', and I *know* Sammy knows what that means.) ¬†
Sad that things have come to that point, but "Can't we all just get along?" is the ultimate rhetorical question nowadays.
:asthanos: ¬†<--- ¬†'aim for center of mass'
(Edited by daoine o' at 11:19 pm on June 12, 2001)