Originally Posted by apple
Can you tell me who gave this governor the right to "forgive" people for what they did to other people? Suppose I forgave someone for a misdeed against you, would that mean that I have "real strength"?
Aren't those two different things? One is legal, the other moral. And governors actually do have the right to pardon. However I was only talking about the moral question of punishment in general, specifically capital punishment. As for your last question, yes, I would say that to the degree that you were denying your desire for vengeance and allowing yourself the compassion to see the world through the criminal's eyes, and treat him with dignity, you would be expressing real strength.
I think there is a reason we see mob justice, torture, humiliation of criminals, etc. as the "low" road, and and a system of justice that removes retributive element of justice the "high" road. In part, the low representing what is easy, the high what is more difficult.