The False Materialism of America's Death Penalty
26 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2016
Date Written: November 16, 2016
For most of America’s history, the death penalty has been rooted in a materialistic conception of the world — human beings are engaged in a physical survival of the fittest and must be restrained. This base worldview, however, has often conflicted with higher considerations, like justice and forgiveness. Though the country’s conservative and liberal factions debate the reason for felonious crime as well as the efficacy of the death penalty, the country thus far has come down in favor of capital punishment. Daoism suggests that America has adopted an erroneous conception of the world, and so the country has not only failed to understand the death penalty but also perpetuated the personal and societal conflict that leads to violent crime and the death penalty. Daoism further explains that for fundamental reasons this divide in America has occurred along racial lines. According to Daoism, society now needs to return to a harmonious balance between the implicit spiritual whole and the manifest individual parts, and in doing so the people will prosper naturally. Only in this way, Daoism counsels, can a society address the underlying causes of crime and end the death penalty for good.
Keywords: Death Penalty, Criminality, Materialism, Reductionism, Social Darwinism, Taoism, Holism
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