The death penalty is a law regulated for the most criminal acts that are being conducted by the criminals. Death penalties set a fright among the other offenders and stop further killings. It saves lives of innocent people who are threatened. It provides justice for the murders being conducted. As Bible also supports such punishments, as it states, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” It decreases the number of deaths. Without this law, many criminals would have been walking freely and continue to commit crimes (Weston, 2011).
This issue has some cons too. According to some researchers, death penalties have higher death rates. It lacks evidence of acting as a lesson for the other criminals. There might be a chance that an innocent get punished due to the lack of proofs. This law has been constructed from our moral values and, these are sometimes limited and vague. It’s not necessary that all of our moral values are good enough for the situations and people (Weston, 2011).
The people who are in favor of death penalty are those who are so obsessed with the moral values that they can’t look at the other perspective of things. They don’t consider the facts and figures which doesn’t follow their moral values. They provide justifications and argue with people to prove their point. Such people are known as dogmatists. They don’t discover other potentials of the issue and just rejects those studies which contradict with their perspectives. A dogmatist doesn’t propose knowledgeable or convincing facts for proving their disagreement in the first place. These individuals become aggressive while justifying their points with wrong reasons. For example, in death penalty issue, people follow it, defends it and don’t look into the facts and figures on the other perspectives (Weston, 2011).
On the other hand, some people are not in favor of the death penalty law. These are the ones who believe in ethics. It’s a fact that all people can’t have the same perspective about things and what keeps right for one may not be right for the other person. The followers of ethics don’t follow the slogan “Mind your own business!” because it doesn’t help. They look into the issue and re-think about their assumptions. For example, these people can’t reject the other perspectives which verify the cons of the death penalty because they are responsible people of their societies. Still, people follow their moral values rather than accepting changes in their surroundings (Weston, 2011).
One strategy to avoid dogmatism is to stay away from creating categories in ethical issues or even positions. People should try to talk openly about things and have the patience to listen to the other perspectives as well. Another strategy is to avoid labeling the ideas. Make yourself realize that it’s self-destructive to make justifications for your beliefs and not looking into the other side. People should question themselves to know they are on the right path or not. When they start getting irritated by being challenged, they should take this as a caution. All societies must encourage some respect for other’s lives. They should follow the ethical values as much as they can. Keep connected with others, continue thinking and maintain communications because moral views play a role in making us matures. Be the one who always finds ways to be accountable in this changing world. Acknowledge the facts and shred of evidence which are present. These can change our views certainly. Stop judging others and increase your experience. There’s always more to know about things; figure out the background of the issues. Still expect a change and try to acknowledge the changes in life as specific incidents and experiences changes our personalities (Weston, 2011).
Weston, Anthony. A Practical Companion to Ethics. Oxford University Press, 2011.