Dear Britain: Please quit with your self-righteous attitude.

Dear Britain:

Please quit with your self-righteous attitude. You have accomplished some great things in the past, and one of the greatest things you accomplished was the push to abolish chattel slavery. However, you do not now hold a monopoly on morality and everything righteous, nor have you ever done so. We are all fallible human beings trying to do the best we can.

The trigger for this post?

Last night, I witnessed this snippet from a House of Lords debate (in paraphrase):
“Capital punishment is barbaric, and we need to urge countries like the USA to abolish capital punishment. ”
“For example, there was a person on death row for 39 years. This is inhumane.”

They disagree with capital punishment but they want the convicts to be killed off quickly? Such short-sighted self-righteousness is very typical of the British. The biggest objection to capital punishment is that an innocent’s life may be taken in the event of a wrong conviction. The reason people sit on death row for a very long time is so that there is ample opportunity for the conviction to be overturned in light of new evidence. (And in case you think I support capital punishment: I don’t. I believe only God has the responsibility to give or take life.)

My takeaway point is:

If you disagree with someone, please don’t immediately assume that you are right and they are wrong. Ask questions. Try to understand the other side’s perspective and the reason they take their position, before condemning them. They just might have some insight that you don’t.


Author: Hoong-Wai

I am a sinner. I care about people, and truth, and justice. I have an interest in dancing, economics, engineering, philosophy, and science.

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