crime & punishment: sobriety

crime & punishment: sobriety

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Clementon, NJ

#1 Mar 20, 2013
When beggars steal money, people empathize with their minor sin because it is motivated by desperation and not wrath so much.

However, when someone commits murder knowingly, no one really pays attention to their motivation --- they only judge the fact that the unforgivable crime of murder was committed. Even in times of war when soldiers are "federally ordered" to kill people, standards of political urgency are weighed against assessments of political greed.

The crime-pensive Hollywood (USA) movie "Thief" (1981) explores the story of a skillful and weary thief who decides to take on one last difficult job before retiring with his new girlfriend and son. This movie evokes empathy about the social and emotional frustrations that lead to crime without suggesting that a life of crime is in some measurable way easy or simple.

So how should people assess crime when everyone, as the Bible suggests, is vulnerable to sin? The stern ancient world law-ambitious Code of Hammurabi was a social agreement code that sanctioned extreme forms of punishment as antidotes to criminal seduction. However, sometimes lenient forms of punishment, as modern law suggests, create spiritual health.

Consumer-savvy modern artifacts such as the "Diner Dash" (GameLab) video game and society-communication Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Syriana" (2005) reveal a general social interest in celebrating ambition, which suggests that crime and punishment philosophy must be tempered with prudent self-criticism.

Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?

God bless!

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