Do you think anyone deserves to die?
Today, on Facebook and other places around the internet, people are making comments about Philip Seymour Hoffman, that he deserved to die because of putting a needle in his arm. I started thinking about this issue, and the other question posted here, “Why do we care?”
I am somewhat sympathetic to a person being addicted to drugs, because I don’t think they intended to get addicted (even though the stats are not in their favor) and they often start taking drugs due to personal issues, mental health issues, things that hurt them that they are trying to escape from.
Many people don’t agree with that position. They feel like if someone gets addicted, they deserve what they get. If someone is talented, has fame and fortune, they should deal with their issues and make the most of what they have.
I think we have all known people who were addicted to substances, illegal and legal, and what their lives became. We all hear of celebrities and people we know personally who die of overdose, maybe intentionally, maybe not.
I started thinking about other people that, when I hear about them dying, I don’t feel like it’s the worst loss (pedophiles, murderers, rapists). Those people, when we hear about them dying, we usually have zero sympathy for. We may be happy to hear that they got their asses kicked in jail, or got shot by police while fleeing.
Do you think anybody deserves to die?