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Ethical Evaluation Of Capital Punishment Agape Christian love is unconditional It does not depend on the worthiness or merit of those to whom it is directed It is persistent in seeking the good of others regardless of whether they return the favor or as in most cases even deserve to be treated well on the basis of their own incessant wrongdoing An ideal community would be made up of free and equal citizens devoted to a balance between individual self-fulfillment and the progression of the common good Everyday life would be based on mutual love in which the equality of giving and receiving was the status quo of social society Everyone would contribute to the best of his or her ability and each would receive in accordance with legitimate claims to available resources What would a community based these standards do with those who committed brutal acts of terror violence and murder Put negatively it would not live by the philosophy of an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life It would act to protect the members of the community from further destruction Those who had shown no respect for life would be held in reserve permanently if necessary so that they could no longer endanger other members of the community But the purpose of confinement would not be vengeance or punishment Rather an ideal community would show mercy even to those who show no mercy It would return good for evil The aim of isolation is reconciliation and not revenge Agape never gives up It is ever hopeful that even the worse among us can be redeemed so that their own potential contribution to others can be realized Opportunities for confronting those who had been hurt by the action could be provided to encourage remorse and reconciliation If a life has been taken no full restitution can ever be made of course A price or
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