Occasionally I Contemplate Murder 13
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nother kind of socially sanctioned murder than the execution, and much more efficient, is war.
War has its own so called ethical laws, by necessity being far more summary. The verdict is narrowed down to one single, decisive circumstance — the type of garment.
Friend or foe. The book is judged by its cover.
"I only obeyed orders."
Like good watchdogs do.
There is a choice — as always, it seems, in this universe of confusion. Unfortunately, there is a choice.
Lots of soldiers refuse to obey, when ordered to shoot members of their own species, although dressed in different garment — regrettably, not nearly many enough.
However sissy that might have made them feel at the occasion, I'm sure the remembrance will make them blush of pride, once facing the kind of Jesus.
They had a reason, a motivation that the US soldiers were desperately lacking. But what will the conclusion be, in the beyond? Will the reason suffice also there?
The idea of defending one's land against intruders, must be somewhat alienated in the domain that knows no nationalities and invites absolutely everybody.
"It was him or me."
The Gods would not hesitate the least to reply:
You sacrifice someone else for yourself, or yourself for someone else. That's the arithmetic of it. Only somebody with the total conviction of a beyond, could be accused for choosing the latter alternative.
Who wants to be a judge in Heaven?
Our hearts, as we usually say — they read what's in our hearts.
However much of a tangle the conscious mind makes our thoughts and motivations, the degree of our sincerity is always evident to the Gods.
Followed by more or less inspired guessing work as to why.
Even when we can safely claim to know the factual circumstances, beyond any reasonable doubt, still the decision of judgement demands little less than a prodigious capacity of mind. We're hardly ever that sure about the facts.
There's manslaughter, crime of passion or in sudden anger, and calculated homicide one — also a number of nuances in between them. There's self defence and acts of confusion, where the murderer is said to be less responsible for his action.
Is all that really relevant?
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