As I read the introduction to Pillars of Salt and about the hanging it got me thinking about the phrase fight fire with fire. I also started thinking that often to stop violence and crimes, we commit violence and crimes. However, if you fight fire with fire you’ll end up with twice the amount of fire to deal with. The harsh punishments are supposed to try to discourage crime and violence but it doesn’t seem to be working. Instead, especially during the time of hangings, it became a spectacle and a way for those who were hanged to become infamous. It also raises the question of why is is okay for the government to kill people when it isn’t okay for normal people to kill people. Why is it justified when a judge or a room full of people decide that a person should be put to death? Killing people because they sinned against God doesn’t make the act of killing someone not a sin. All throughout history there are cycles of crime and violence leading to crime and violence. Because of the human race’s need to be right and our fascination with violence I don’t think it will end anytime soon.
On a somewhat unrelated note; if you don’t watch the show Hannibal I highly encourage it. It is a show based off of the movie and the book Red Dragon. The movie is sort of a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs. The main character is Will Graham and he is so empathetic that he can put himself in the shoes of the murderer and figure out how they committed the crime and why. Its a really interesting concept for me because as a person who is interested in serial killers, I always want to know why they kill people and he is able to figure it out almost effortlessly although it affects him greatly. Here is the trailer to try to pique your interests. It is graphic so if you can’t handle that I would recommend staying away from it though.