Ensley 1 Angela Ensley Phi 120/ Instructor Marczuk 26 September 2010 For the Death Penalty: Argument 1 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Every

human life is rational. Every rational life is essentially valuable; it is always wrong to destroy rational life Moreover, it is never justified to do wrong in return for the wrong done to you or to the society. The death penalty destroys life of a rational being. Thus, the death penalty is wrong and should be abolished.

Every human life is rational. What makes a human life rational ? According to the Encarta World English Dictionary, rational means Governed by, or showing evidence of, clear and sensible thinking and judgment, based on reason rather than emotion or prejudice. It s true that we human beings have a sense of reason; however there are times in which we act out of reason. We act on emotions and sometimes treat others with prejudice. This can be expressed through violence in some cases such as genocides and murder. Every rational life is essentially valuable. The way this sentence was phrased, every rational life is essentially valuable, makes me think that rationality is something that can be lost by the human being. For example, a man is known for raping and killing more than ten women before finally being discovered. Is this man rational? When put on trial, the insanity card may be a common way around punishment. But is his sense of reasoning there? Sometimes it s easier to make a decision on the punishment especially if the action was planned. For example, a young man stalks a young woman for weeks and even makes plans on how to murder her. So by saying that destroying rational life is wrong, it s indicated that even if the criminal knows what he/she did(murder) was wrong and did it anyway, he/she shouldn t be ultimately punished. It is always wrong to destroy rational life. Moreover, it is never justified to do wrong in return for the wrong done to you or society. An example to refute this premise is war. As much as many individuals dislike war and the consequences of it, war is necessary if the enemy endangers U.S. citizens and there is no way to negotiate with said enemy. U.S military soldiers as well as the enemy s military are rational beings as well. If we don t fight back the enemy we will be endangered no matter how rational our lives are. Another example to refute the premise is the safety of prison guards for prisoners. Some prisoners who have to stay their whole life may have a loss of hope and endanger others near them since they have nothing to lose. The death sentence destroys life of a rational being. This argument suggests that if a being is rational, the death penalty is out of the question. In some cases, even a rational person can commit heinous crimes such as murder. Being a rational being shouldn t be a reason why a dangerous

cruel as it may seem. Thus. the death penalty is wrong and should be abolished. The death penalty. .Ensley 2 criminal shouldn t face a death penalty. is a way to ensure safety of individuals from someone who is dangerous and doesn t care for the consequences of an action whether he/she uses reason or not.

http://www. 2009.bing.com/Dictionary/search?q=define+rational&FORM=DTPDIA&qpvt=definition%3 a+rational .Ensley 3 Works Cited Encarta English Word Dictionary(North American Edition). Web. Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.26Sep2010.

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