Right – that man committed a horrible crime. With the depth of feeling you have for this execution, what about innocent persons who have been put to death? What about the innocent people who, wherever the death penalty exists, will be put to death? I am asking you to extend your thinking beyond this crime.
The question is not whether there should be outrage. There should be, and there is. The far more difficult question is: “What do we do in the face of outrage?” Should we make decisions based solely on rage? If so, we are unthinking barbarians. It takes a civilized society to exercise painful thinking.