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    Eye for an eye

    I was thinking it over and could you imagine if they still used "eye for and eye" as a law in modern day? So many people would be screwed. I can't tell you the number of teens that lie, steal, cheat, and just disrespect everyone they know and thing nothing of it. Then you have adults who do the same, only better!

    If eye for an eye was still around, would it make a difference for the better... or worse?

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    I'm not sure it that'd solve problems or create more. If it'd been around for awhile and well ingrained into peoples mind, perhaps everyone would think twice before they commit an act. If it were to only just be introduced? I could see that going south very quickly. Permitting a repeat of a crime is a slippery slope.
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    If this ancient law would be used in modern society. Chaos would ensue. It's honestly a bizarre law that would make anyone who committed an offence suffer the same. Imagine if a guy is convicted of rape, will he suffer the same ordeal as what he did? Isn't that weird and bizarre at the same time?

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    I think stuff would get out of hand far too quickly. You would probably start out with criminals being given the same punishments as their crimes, but then things would slowly get out of hand. The punishment for minor things would be much more severe to the point where "eye for an eye" has lost it's meaning but becomes a justification, and where would it stop?

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    The "eye for an eye" concept might have work thousands of years ago when the Babylonians made it up, but it was a simple law so the majority of the population of that time could understand it. Since back in those days less than one precent of the population could read or do math. It doesn't work well now most modern societies and people's rights. For the US as an example, this law is far too simplistic and can be misinterpret rather easily. It can also undermine the Eighth Amendment (Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted).
    We are all insane, we just act normal for the sake of others.

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    It could work and some countries we see mob justice by the village people, there was a incident 16 men came to harm people and rob the people and were met by the villagers who fought back the cops tried to save 8 of the robbers from the villagers, but could not and they died from the beatings and brick throwing that was happening. So at times some rural villagers take the law into their own hands, and it works for them but now in society this would not be used and the criminal would be punished by the laws of the land and mostly be sentenced to prison for life and fined as well. I think since society has grown and people are more educated now and can know right from wrong and see that the ancient practices are not going to work now and were real harsh back than.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susimi View Post
    I think stuff would get out of hand far too quickly. You would probably start out with criminals being given the same punishments as their crimes, but then things would slowly get out of hand. The punishment for minor things would be much more severe to the point where "eye for an eye" has lost it's meaning but becomes a justification, and where would it stop?
    I agree with this. "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" as the saying goes. It's simply not going to be a very good way to tackle the problem.

    Overall while it might be easier for many to think that just dealing with the problem like that is the correct way to go, places like Norway where instead of punishment (or well, a harsh punishment) the effort is done towards rehabilitation the results are way, way better in regards to the people committing crimes again. Sure the 9mm solution takes care of the problem one and for all, but that's also something that simply would work as a way to solve every single crime.

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    This expression is misunderstood. What it means is that the punishment should fit the crime. It is not meant to be taken literal. I think that the punishment should be a bit heavier than the crime otherwise their is nothing to deter one from doing it. If running a red light fine were five dollars we would definitely see more of them. I think it is better to have the punishment a bit steeper than the crime.

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    It's still a term for lawful retalliation and yes it can (and is) misinterpreted because of it's simplicity. Like your term "punishment should be a bit heavier than the crime". In lawyer speak that is really open ended terminology. It can mean if I stole a candy bar I can either be fined A certain percentage more that candy bar's worth or get my hand cut off like they used to in the middle ages.
    We are all insane, we just act normal for the sake of others.

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    I think Eye for an Eye is a really old and expired concept. I`m more into forgive and forget. If everyone would take bloody vengeance on the people he or she got wronged by, this world would turn into a chaotic mess. Also, vengeance is really petty, and the more intelligent one always gives in and lets it go.

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