As usual, I was inspired to start this topic by something happening in college. We recently read "The Tell-Tale Heart" in my English class. In response to being asked to relate to the stories we've read so far, one person responded:
The story I least relate to is “A tell Tale Heart.” Never have I been so enraged that the thought of murder comes into my head. It is unacceptable regardless of any circumstances.
I'm pretty sure he was referring to the typical murderer, but I pressed him for a debate anyway:
Unacceptable; definitely. Understandable; depends on the circumstances.
I take it you are not fan of capital punishment?
At the very least, I'm not. I know it's a bit off-topic, but I want to know exactly how opposed to murder you are. I don't necessarily believe in the sanctity of life, but I'm against capital punishment all the same. To me it is always possible that they are sending an innocent to death.
Do you also believe it is right for suicide to be illegal? Abortion?
So what are your thoughts? Is murder unacceptable regardless of the circumstances? Even with the topics of capital punishment, suicide, and abortion? What about assisted suicide for the terminally ill?