I posted three messages there this morning. The first addressed the general issue of crime and punishment and replied to a particular post asking for "one reason" why sadistic murderers should live. Here is what I said:
Should we punish with death a man with cancer for his tumors, a blind man for being unable to see, a man with potent desires to torture and murder and with no conscience to inhibit him from following through for torturing and murdering?My second post agreed with someone who wrote that he opposed the death penalty because of the harm it did to those who carried it out. I simply quoted Roger Ebert's perfect words on the matter:
The most compelling argument against capital punishment, for me, is not that society should not execute, but that society should not make anyone into an executioner.Finally, I reponded to the question of the purpose of life with the following:
I believe that my life's purpose is to be happy. And I believe that happiness is being and doing the best that we can be and do for ourselves, others, and the world.I think I'm off to a good start in that forum. I wonder if others will agree. Time will tell.
I don't presume to speak for what others should consider to be their life's purpose. But they're welcome to adopt mine if they wish.