Here is the video that have been in the news, all over the world. It’s the video of a asian kid getting brutally attacked by seven other kids. This video is extremely violent, and you will see seven little fucks attacking a harmless kid, that has no choice but to wait that all the beating is over.
With this video, I can talk about a very interesting issue. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. This means that if someone commits a crime of any source, that someone’s punishment, is going to be equal to the crime made by that particular person. For example: If a man punched and kicked three times a guy, the punishment for that man would be one punch and three kicks as well.
This is what people feel when they see this video. We all see seven guys beating up only one kid who has no help, and it’s begging for mercy while draining blood all over his face. We see this disgusting act, as a coward one, where there isn’t any opportunity for the victim to defend himself and where the beating is unnecessary and extremely violent. And we all feel the need that we should have been there to help, so we want to do the same to those seven guys. We want to apply our sense of justice, we don’t want the police to take care of this, we want to hit them as hard as we can, until they too, beg for mercy.
Although, this kind of public justice has lots of problems:
– This justice is a cycle, where revenge will prevail. If A hit someone and B, (giving the punishment A deserves), hits A too, A, or friends of A will want to hit B as well, and so on. Transforming this kind of justice into a violent circle.
– People have different tastes of value. If X has a painting that has great sentimental value to him, and Y ruins that painting, should X ruin a painting of Y that has no value to him, or something different of Y, that actually is important to him? The phrase “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” will not work in this case.
– Now we have a moral issue. If X rapes Y’s daughter, should Y rape X’s daughter? What if X doesn’t have any kids? And if Y raped X’s daughter, it’s a very sensitive subject, because we are talking about an innocent child that is going to suffer because of his father. And Y could be a moral person and didn’t want to rape X’s daughter, but then you couldn’t bring justice to X’s crime.
This is a very hard issue, that I wanted to discuss here, because when this videos unfortunately appear, everyone wants revenge, but as we can see, maybe the actual penal system is the most acceptable form of justice for now. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have problems too.