The journey that each human being makes through earthly existence can have hardship as often as it is touched by joy. In truth, there is no situation so dire, no challenge so great, and no choice so bewildering than the argument over capital punishment. Here in the Bahamas and all of over the world we have persons that have their lives cut short or end abruptly by the hands of another. I firmly believe that NO ONE dies before his or her time, this is all apart of GOD’S GRAND DESIGN, and things just play themselves out like the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. I cannot understand or comprehend why murder and other social ills plague our planet in the way it does but I know somehow some way that this is all for a purpose. LIKE THE MAXTRIX SAID, ‘THE CHOICE HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE; WE ARE HERE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT.’ I love that quote because it says so much about how our lives progress and what goes into shaping them. I do not doubt for a second that the bum on street is meant to be that, I do not doubt that people are going to be poor; in this same vain I not even for a moment doubt that the social ills that we battle with are suppose to be there. Life is precious and tender and we should appreciate it as such, but we spend so much time not caring about each other that it makes me sad to think that we only feel for our fellow man when they are no longer around. I BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING ON THIS PLANET SHOULD BE SACRED AND ADORED. However that is not the case, and the worst thing that can happen to us is the lost of love via the hands of another. I in no shape, form or fashion uphold the thought or notion of an individual taking away someone’s life; in the same vain I am not an advocate for them being killed for doing as well. Now the strange thing about is that I am not in support of capital punishment but I at the same time understand why we have persons that are. Nonetheless, my focus is on SOUL RETRIBUTION and getting to the root of the problem. It is my personal belief that CAPITAL PUNISHMENT does not solve anything; it just gives the public what they think they want and PERMANENTLY removes the worst criminals from society. This makes PERFECT sense since it is evident that dead criminals cannot commit any further crimes, but what happens to the ENERGY that is created by this act? Does killing a killer cancel out that energy that he created? Or is this energy further compounded because we the people want resolutions to problems that were created long before the act itself? It is a well-known and documented fact that convicted murders have troubled childhoods and thus are mentally scarred for life. SEXUAL, VERBAL, MENTAL and PHYSICAL ABUSE are just some of things that are handed out to individuals that grow to commit acts of murder and alike. How can we not see how broken our world is when you have persons walking among us that need help and we do nothing to correct the situation? Our first instinct is to kill because that’s what they did, but doesn’t that make you just like the persons that made them this way in the first place? The thing is that when society is seeking payment for what WRONG was done they try to justify themselves and soothe their souls by thinking that this right thing to do in the name of RETRIBUTION. It is said that our prisons are crowded and it’s drain on the tax-payers, they go on to say how this system doesn’t deter criminal activity on this level. They feel that we need RETRIBUTION and it is to be done by any means necessary as long as the criminal is taken out. But does the death penalty deter further criminal activity? Even though it is hard to prove one way or the other; so if you are bitten from a snake isn’t the cure anti-venom which is made from the venom of the snake the bit you? So in my opinion THE DEATH PENALTY IS FLAWED AND DELIBERATELY MISLEADING. It makes society think that they have control over this activity when it was born long before it got to this stage. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE NO BAD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD; WE ARE ALL A PRODUCT OF ELEMENTS THAT WE’VE MET HERE AND THEY ARE THE THINGS THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK US. And no one takes into consideration what hell the innocent family and friends of criminals must also go through in the time leading up to and during the execution and which will often cause them serious trauma for years afterwards. This is no way trying to away from the crime they committed but honestly think about it, this is a double whammy and this is more of a burden to bear. How can one not realize that this it is very difficult for persons to come to terms with the fact that their loved did such a thing? I say, HOWEVER STONGLY YOU MAY SUPPORT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE ONE RIGHT! One cannot and should not deny the suffering of the victim's family in a murder case but the suffering of the murderer's family is equally valid. I know it’s difficult but we must remember that criminals are real people too and society continuously put this thought on the side lines only thinking about the awful activity that was done. Thus they only want one thing and it makes me wonder if this is for them or the person that they lost? Why are they so hell bent on seeking this sort of comfort and we all know that there is no such thing as a humane method of putting a person to death? Every form of execution causes suffering and its very terrifying; and a gruesome ordeal. How can they overlook the extreme mental torture and suffering that is placed on such a human being? How can they really feel good about RIGHTING A WRONG in this manner? So this means that A DEATH FOR A DEATH indicates that things are all good and fine? Do they think that the victim is smiling and saying thank you, my soul is at peace? I THINK NOT! The death penalty is the bluntest of "blunt instruments," it removes the individual's humanity and with it any chance of rehabilitation and their giving something back to society. It’s scary to think that persons out are just out for BLOOD and disguise it as JUSTICE. Do you think they sit back and think yeah mission accomplished? ONLY UNTIL THE NEXT CRIME IS COMMITTED THEN THE WITCH HUNT BEGINS. Do they realize that the death penalty can’t deter worst murderers because they are typically psychopaths and filled with such dubious sanity that they are incapable of rational behaviour due to linkages in their past or present? SO THE HANDFUL OF EXECUTIONS HERE AND THERE DOES NOTHING BUT APPEASE THE MASSES FOR A TIME. I know that if they were to declare ware on criminals in this fashion we would see a rapid decline in serious crime but at what cost in human terms? I GUESS CRIMINALLY INCLINE HUMAN BEINGS ARE THAT SICK AND EVIL. If the general conclusion is that capital punishment is desirable, I wonder if in another hundred years we will, as a world still has capital punishment or whether we will have evolved technological means of detecting and correcting potential criminals before they can actually commit any crime. Punishment will remain popular with the general public as long as there are no viable alternatives and as long as crime continues its rise. Logically, however, punishment of any sort cannot be the future and if we hope to progress we have to find other means of dealing with this social ill. Until the utopian point is reached, I think that we will continue to see the same things being done to solve this problem. I will never accept the fact that the majority of people who support capital punishment do so for sadistic reasons but rather out of a feeling of desperation that they are overwhelm by such activity that they cannot deal. But to that I say, WE ARE ONLY HEALING A PORTION OF THE PROBLEM; IF WE WERE TO THINK LONG-TERM, I THINK THAT WE WOULD SEE THE FUTURE CLEARLY.