The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story:
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TOPIC: OH AND WHY DO YOU SIT ON A JURY IN A CAPITAL MURDER CASE?
Posted on Feb.20.2007 @ 10:34AM EDTbystephen
We are instructed not to kill. Yet there are killers. I have a friend who was accused of murder and was released when it was deemed justifiable homicide. His defense was essentially that he happen to be around when someone needed killing. Is that possible? MU
There is, of course, self-defense. And there is the defense of others. But to justifiably take another life requires an imminent threat. Vengence is not justice. It just perpetuated more need for this 'justice'.
Did you sit on the jury which rejected the charge of murder and accepted your friend's plea? Intellectual and philosophical justification for killing/murder - reminiscent of Raskalnikov (means someone cut off from the whole, a man out of communion), who believed himself to be extraordinary (there is always someone ordinary around who needs killing). Did your friend need a defense as an abdication of responsibility in order to escape an external punishment?