BY DAVID NINOMIYA
It has often been said that two wrongs do not make a right. This could be yet another thing that parents tell their children, because it is a good lesson for children, while they are children, but it has no relevance for their later years in life. Other examples of this would include "don't talk to strangers", and "do what I say because I'm your mother/father". Too bad parental advice never becomes modified for your later years, and going against it in your childhood is a sign of rebellion and misbehavior.
In society, we frequently use a wrong to correct a wrong, and in many cases encourage it. How many times have you cheered or been happy that justice was served, when a criminal who seemed guilty was fined, or put in prison, or even executed? I would say taking away someone's money, their freedom, or even their life is a wrong. Yet we say that two wrongs do not make a right.
True, it may not make everything back to normal, but our society views punishment as a way to make things right, for "justice to be served". Punishment is frequently taught as a means to correct "wrong" behavior of children, and again as a way to correct "wrong" behavior of adults. I suppose the message is that punishment that you create on your own is wrong, but government sponsored, or school sponsored, or parental punishment is justified.
Anyway, if two wrongs do not make a right, evil deeds should be forgiven, and no wrong done to the perpetrator of evil deeds. I am not for that idea, because I don't think the perpetrators of evil deeds should be be forgiven. Rather, I believe we should stop teaching our children that two wrongs do not make a right.
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