The Philippines has just abolished the Death sentence.
In Malaysia, they found that there was a man who has been waiting 22 years for his death sentence to be carried out.
In UK, it is considered inhumane to keep a death row prisoner waiting for more than 5 years for execution.
I wonder what the prisoners themselves think - is every postponement of execution a blessing? Is every day of that 22 years a prayer answered? Can it be possible that 'life' still has meaning, is still precious to them? Do they wake up in the morning grateful to have one more day, one more chance to listen to birds sing, to maybe do some good in whatever limited way they can?
Or are they merely evil abominations that should be put out of their misery as soon as possible?
Why is ok for one human being to declare death upon another anyway?
On one hand, I see doctors, researchers, firemen, rescue workers, doing everything they can to save lives. And for the ones that man cannot save , we say it is God's will, the Soul's own agenda. Fate. Destiny.
Fine, I can accept that.
But I cannot accept man saying "You die!"
Who are we to do that? Sure, we can try to impersonalise it by saying it is "justice taking its course" - but who decides what is just? Who are the judges? Are they not man? With human emotions, prejudices, fears and frailties?
I can understand that a man who has brought harm to society should be locked away to prevent further harm from being done. I agree that crime should be punished. I also agree that we will eventually, one way or another, in this lifetime or the next, pay the price for the harm that we have done.
But death? I think only God should have that call.