[ExI] punishment

John K Clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Mon Mar 23 23:12:47 UTC 2009

"Lee Corbin" <lcorbin at rawbw.com>

Gordon wrote:

>Should we make the guilty suffer?

Lee Corbin wrote:


The reptilian parts of my brain would agree with Lee; yes it would be
delightful to see a child murderer slowly and very very horribly tortured.
But another part of my brain screams that it's hideous that it's even
possible to inflict pain of that enormous magnitude on any conscious entity
regardless of how evil it is. A significant part of my mind screams that it
is horrendous that such pain is even possible to exist in the physical

In the best of all possible (or perhaps impossible) worlds I would decree
that extreme pain of that astronomical magnitude is just imposable, even for
the very worst sorts of evil doers. Pain of that sort makes me unhappy
regardless of where it is directed. But that's just me; there is no
disputing matters of taste.

And by the way, I think I'd make for a very good God, really first rate. I
think I could do a bang up job decreeing what is good and what it bad; it's
just a pity that nobody offered me the job of being the one and only true
God; I'd have beaten the crap out of that young punk Yahweh.

 John K Clark

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