An Eye for an Eye

A tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye.

I’ve heard this concept in history class during my elementary and high school. This was the concept of justice among early inhabitants of the country and indigenous tribes. In school it was viewed in a barbaric way and nowhere near justice. Even I almost believed it that way. Until now,  I realized that it was better than what we are having today. When justice is served to the wrong people or not being served at all.

This idea may be temporary,  it is an idea nonetheless. An idea formed because of the cruel skating of more than 40 members of SAF in the Philippine. I sympathize to the family, and feel a great deal of anger to those who caused their death. I felt sad because some of these heroes were young, starting a family, or just beginning to bring honor to their family and they just perished without much of a fight. How will they get justice? Is simply catching the culprit enough?

I thought of this for a while and might have shared it somewhere that those who take away the rights of others must be deprived of the same right they took. The idea is not that far from the concept of justice of tribes, only minor changes are made. In recent incidents of the country, huge or small crimes, the only people capable of using their rights are the accused. If someone is about to steal, he must be prepared to be robbed. Is someone is aboutto kill, he must be prepared to be killed.

There are so many questions in this terrible crime that are still left unanswered. And i hope it will be answered before it will be forgotten because another problem will come along.(which is usually the case).

Death. The fear of dying unexpectedly is something most of us share. I know it is not a widely accepted method of implementing laws. And death penalty is a condemned capital punishment at present. But a person who does not fear death and causes the death of other people for self gain or whatever reason (well, technically there really is no good reason to take someone’s life thus I am now contradicting myself) is simply an abomination.

But even if death penalty is back, nothing will change unless the right people have the power and the system is swept clean and more efficient. Otherwise it will just be a meaningless massacre of innocent people charged of a crime powerful people committed.

I believe those people who died also wished for a better world that is why they were there and doing their job. But the thing is, we only get that wish after we die.

It’s either….
We wish for this world to get better, but forgets to say we have to live in it
Or we wish for a better world, but that better world is not the one we are living in.


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