Execution: Right or Wrong?

After reading a BBC article, watching half a video, getting offered a website free trial,  and watching a 3 Minute History close to 4 times, I think I have an understanding of the English Civil War. These are my thoughts:

What I am curious about is the importance of religion during the time period and the fact that something like religion could cause such a huge war back in the day and still causes conflict now.

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Like race, religion was something that really divided people during the 1600s, especially because of the Catholic vs Protestant conflict.  Some areas nowadays are more tolerant of each others religion, while other areas continue to be separated due to it.  What makes people in some areas of the world more tolerant than in the past?  On the other hand, what is it that has people continue being as intolerant as they were?

Was it a person, event, or just a way that society did or did not change?  In some areas of the world, I believe it is related to the government’s separation from the church.  This has an effect on the public, making them more accepting of others beliefs and opinions.

Next up: parliament.  Charles I was quite wishy-washy when it came to the parliament.  One minute he had them, the next he did not.  Being the stubborn, overly-confident man he was, he only got parliament back together when he needed money.  He used them.  Now, let’s say that Charles had the money and didn’t need parliament’s, would he have still been in power as long as he was?  Could he have ruled, entirely, by himself?  Other than financially, how much of an effect did parliament really make on the events that happened?

Finally, why execution?  In 1649, Charles I was sent to trial accused of committing treason.  Quickly, he was found guilty and was beheaded, executed, or simply dead.  How do we justify whether this is right or wrong?  Those who stand on the side for execution may say that execution just ends it all.  That the wrongs a person commits doesn’t give the person the privilege of life any longer.  Maybe some think execution is smart out of the fear that the person will do wrong again.  Out of the possibility that the wrong do-er will hurt them or their families.

I stand on the side that execution isn’t the answer.  I personally believe some people deserve second chances to make thing right.  A form of punishment is important to teach the person a lesson, but if they’re dead, what do they learn from that?  Some people may not take the opportunity to change for the better, but the chance should still be available to all.

Like with religion, I again ask: What has changed to make execution not the only punishment today?  Did this have to do with people straightening up their morals?  Maybe people are now more giving with the opportunity of life.  Alternately, some could argue that there are punishments more painful that death.  Could this be why execution isn’t a common punishment?  Because to some, death is too easy?  Also, how much of an effect did religion have on this change?

The questions relating to execution are my favourite because the answers are quite subjective.  Whether or not you agree with the punishment relates entirely to one’s beliefs and morals.  I think it would be quite interesting to hear other’s thoughts on execution and their justifications on whether it is right or wrong.



English Civil War – 3 Minute History

Overview: Civil War & Revolution

English Civil War & Failure Of Charles’ Monarchy

3 thoughts on “Execution: Right or Wrong?

  1. Great post! I like how you hyperlinked the links to make them tidier. The memes help accent the post. It might be nice to have some PLO’s, but overall, it’s good, and has a kind of personal writing style.

  2. I could feel strong intrigue and passion towards the topic and further research is evident in your post. You did a great job at citing your sources but some might say not to mention your research in the post.

  3. Very interesting questions you’ve posed and I really like how you’ve discussed the questions, particularly the last one about execution. I wonder, though, how did other factors play into who got executed? Is someone who was poor automatically more likely to be executed than someone who was a bit richer just because they had less money?

    Personally, I’m sort of on the fence about executions. On the one hand, we should focus on reforming people who’ve commited crimes, not just incaercerations and executions. We should focus on creating better people, not a population where everyone is afraid. On the other hand, however, what about people who would go on and murder more people? Doesn’t it make sense to just execute one person to prevent them from killing so many? What if you had the opportunity to execute someon like Hitler or Genene Jones, who were responsible for so many deaths? Would you kill them to avenge those who lost their lives and to prevent them from killing anymore? Or would you be more lenient and try to reform them?

    Keep up the great blog posts, Kendra!

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