Is an eye for an eye compensation a just punishment?

  • Yes, and I could go deeper.

    As primitive as it seems, I believe this is more than a just punishment. I believe it is a necessary punishment. IF someone steals from you, cut off their hand. Its an old world value that has been lost because people are too cowardly to draw blood in the name of the law. In the older times, this was law and you see how little crime was because it was so risky.

  • I agree with an eye for an eye compensation as a just punishment, manners as our ancestors have taught us to treat others as you wish to be treated.

    Our ancestors have taught us to treat others as we would like to be treated, as well as the justice system. It is unfair to commit a crime without a consequence. Therefore the term an eye for an eye, if you choose to steal something you will be required to deal with the consequence. It is the only way to teach and learn lessons.

    Posted by: 5hunCar
  • No, an eye for an eye is not just punishment, because we live in a civilized society. We are not barbarians.

    An eye for an eye punishment has no place in modern society, because we have other effective, less cruel ways of dealing with criminals. We can throw them in prison, make them do community service,hit them in the wallet with fines and penalties or send them to anger management classes. All of those options are effective punishments and treatments.

    Posted by: labusy
  • No, I disagree with the statement, "eye for an eye", because there is much more that needs to be considered before one thinks that irrationally.

    There are many things that need to be looked into as to why people do certain things. "Eye for an eye" is not only barbaric, but it is irrational. When an act is committed, people should not only consider the motive, but also the background of the person who committed the offense. Fighting violence with violence is never the answer.

    Posted by: StellaH
  • I think than "an eye for an eye" is the oldest and best punishment.

    An eye for an eye is one of the oldest theories about appropriate criminal punishment, and has remained in our modern sayings, because it resonates with so many people. It really can be the best way to punish someone, because instead of just sitting in jail, they actively learn what they did to someone else, or how they made someone else feel or hurt. Unfortunately, I do not think you can always enact this kind of punishment, because in a situation like murdering a child, or stealing something unique, how can you do the same thing to someone else? But, in situations where it is applicable, I think it can be the best way to teach someone a lesson that they will actually remember.

    Posted by: lachercheuse
  • I completely believe in Hammurabi's "eye for an eye" method.

    I firmly believe that more people were punished in the same way that the crime was committed, they would think twice before doing it. No one wants to lose their fingers (or even just have their fingers bound) for stealing. No man would want to have his penis tortured for raping a woman. I definitely think more people would think before acting if this was put into place.

    Posted by: OIi0IymPic
  • I think an eye for an eye is appropriate because it might teach people how others feel about what they do.

    If you do something to someone, you may not realize the physical or emotional impact until it's done back to you. After that, you would be able to empathize and will probably be deterred from doing it to anyone again.

    Posted by: darcyska
  • My eye is your eye

    I hate people who play pranks there so stupid when you see them do things they do don't you wish it would happen to them back but even worse like I hate people like that so much but ima get to my point quick, the reason a eye for an eye should be taken as correct is if someone is going to kill someone they know they will go to jail but if someone kills someone and knows there gonna die then they might rethink it and if not then they know there dying after that murder someone

  • An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is an old saying that needs to be revived.

    I believe in equal and fair punishment. If someone kills someone else their punishment is just to be sent to jail. Also what's the first thought in your mind when someone punches you? It's not, "Okay I forgive you," Most peoples reactions will be to punch that asshole back. If someone does something to you its only fair that you do the same to them.

  • An eye for an eye is just

    The criminal is literally being their own judge and jury, If they are raping and killing and there is enough evidence to prove it was them, why not let the same be done to them, In a way it already happens in prison. If you do something to someone, you may not realize the physical or emotional impact until it's done back to you. No one wants to lose their fingers (or even just have their fingers bound) for stealing. No man would want to have his penis tortured for raping a woman. I definitely think more people would think before acting if this was put into place.

  • While sometimes an eye for an eye is a appropriate form of punishment, there are times when the situation is too complicated to make it work.

    I believe an eye for an eye is not appropriate because the reasons for why the crime was commuted may be too complex. For example, someone with a mental illness can not always control their actions or their logic for why they do what they do. They need medical help. There are too many possible exceptions to every rule, and often times people are incorrectly accused/convicted. This could cause quite a few major legal issues.

    Posted by: NiI35Kix
  • Getting payback is not what life is about people will make mistakes, but they need other people to help them up.

    If someone robbed you, it does not make sense to go and rob them just because they committed an act of dishonesty. There is a line of where the person should not be trusted because they stole. It is absurd to say pay back evil with evil. Instead, show them the right way -- the pure way -- and help them out of the hole that they dug themselves. It may sound crazy, but it will help them realize their wrong.

    Posted by: MiIYounger
  • Eye for an eye is unjust and illogical as it is known to lead to cyclical revenge.

    A quote from one of my favorite songs says it best, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." It was realized by many cultures thousands of years ago the the cycle of revenge continues until revenge is no longer considered a suitable repercussion. This is why justice systems are removed to a degree from the "victim". Additionally, if someone commits a crime, doing the same unto them is logically a crime as well.

    Posted by: daveyxh
  • No.

    It's not harsh enough. You have some jerk who pokes out my eye for no reason, the absolute least that should happen to him is that he loses an eye too. The absolute least. But we also know he's unstable and a menace to people around him, so we should probably do much much more than that.

  • An eye for an eye compensation is not a just punishment because it makes the victim as cruel as the criminal.

    If the laws were set that made "an eye for an eye" the punishment, the victim would then become the aggressor, and it could change how they interact with the rest of the world. For example, if a man mugged a woman on a city street and he stabbed her during the crime, then by eye for an eye logic, she would not only mug him back, but stab him as well. Once she had stabbed him, a violent, potentially fatal act, it would have the potential to give a taste for violence that could affect other innocent people who were never involved in the original crime. It is better to let the courts punish the offender to protect the victim.

    Posted by: BouncyWalter37
  • I don't believe that eye for an eye is a just punishment, because it does not take into account any extenuating circumstances.

    Eye for an eye is a poor punishment, because it is too simplistic. If a woman is raped, what is the eye for an eye equivalent? Does she get to then rape her rapist? That would not make any sense, nor would it be beneficial for the victim.

    Posted by: Ch4rGaI
  • Compassion and rehabilitation should rule justice, not vengeance.

    An eye for an eye attitude tends to perpetuate violence, rather than solve the underlying problems. That attitude tends to fuel most feuds, and almost every historical example of enmity between peoples and nations. Vengeance is human nature, but reacting with compassion and an eye towards problem solving can often do more good in the long run.

    Posted by: HumdrumMilo83
  • I disagree, mainly for the reason that, in reality, our judicial system is too flawed for this to be just.

    I would normally agree with eye for an eye punishment, but our current judicial system is extremely flawed. When we give people the death penalty, we eventually come out with new techniques for analyzing evidence, then go back to analyze previous cases, and then realize that we put to death many innocent people.

    Posted by: MuteNeal88
  • No, because eye for an eye punishment is impractical and immoral.

    An eye for an eye sounds like perfect justice, but it's really just a silly idea. Most cases don't allow for such a simple matching of damage and penalty. How does one take the eye of a corporation? How does one punish a man for affecting the ability of a woman to conceive and bear children? There is no obvious way to match damage and punishment in such cases.

    Posted by: LuciaL
  • I do not believe that affirmative action compensates for past wrongs because it only aids the people of today.

    The strict use of affirmative action does not allow companies enough leeway when evaluating applicants. Therefore, the only thing that affirmative action actually does is place less qualified individuals in open posts. Affirmative action was never intended to compensate for past wrongs. Rather, it was created to assist minorities and women to get jobs that would normally be off limits to them. Today affirmative action has gone too far beyond this original goal and is working to the detriment of companies and prospective employees across the nation. To make affirmative action a viable plan now employers should be required to use a blind interview process where the race and gender of applicants are unknown. This would insure that the most qualified candidates for the job are hired regardless of their race or gender.

    Posted by: VampireShu

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