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"I suppose there's also no need for medical check ups and preventive medical treatments. Afterall, you have no desire to understand why and how things happen. Once they happen, regardless of whether they could be prevented, deal with it!"

Now here I go with a lack of empathy. When do we stop wondering and studying and actually use the information we gathered? We have had this desire to obtain a theory for hundreds of years, most of the time our empathy causes us to repeat what we already learned in the past but refused to react fast enough to the cause. People die because of this trait in every corner of the world.

I don't need to know what goes through the mind of a child abuser. In fact please don't tell me because it would make me want to kill him/her more! I can learn nothing from their deranged behavior and only wish their punishment fits the crime.

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"I suppose there's also no need for medical check ups and preventive medical treatments. Afterall, you have no desire to understand why and how things happen. Once they happen, regardless of whether they could be prevented, deal with it!"

Every person has a different personality and different drives, so what makes one person tick isn't going to work for everyone. Showing empathy, as you put it, to criminals isn't a way to prevent future crimes. Don't get me wrong, understanding human behavior can make it possible to see potential harmful characteristics in people...but it's not a definite science. If it was, everyone would respond the same way to the same stimulus. I will agree with you on part of your statements. Once a crime has been committed, it's over with. The person should be made to pay for their crime. It doesn't matter why they did it, that's not going to change the fact that it happened.

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flip side

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one side............

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I see both sides here. For one, if you do the crime pay the time, period. Dont expect to be able to bring up all your past angst and issues and use that as an excuse and expect sympathy.

On the flip side though, we must understand what caused/is causing people to do the crimes. That way we can apply preventive measures or understand better what happened and why.

It doesnt mean they can have a pity party or excuses etc etc etc. Just means we learn from them and why they did it so that maybe we can prevent it from happening again by someone else down the road.

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Unlike many on the left I have no need to "walk a mile in ones shoes" that just shot a pastor in a church. I have no want or desire to understand his emotional feelings. I only want justice served. I could care less if his father abandoned him as a child or if his mother showed men at the bar more love than she showed him. No one has a perfect life or had a perfect childhood, bit the rest of us are not out shooting up churches, schools and malls.

I am sorry if you feel that you can not carry on a coversation with me. We just have differing opinions on many things. If you feel that you can not have a conversation with me you can always choose not to converse with me and not reply to posts that I make. Neither of us will change the mind of the other. But again that is your choice.

Maybe the next time there is a school shooting, you can petition the courts to allow the gunman to come live with you so you can better understand him and show him the empathy you think he deserves. Or would you rather just give him his deserved empathy from a long distance while he is behind bars?

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I never said there was a need. Hell, most things aren't 'needed', even though we often percieve them to be.

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Licks

Are you still wondering why bullying seems to be a bigger problem today than it used to be?

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Criminals should be punished, not understood, sympathized with or shown empathy. They committed a crime and should pay for that crime, not hugged ant told that society understands.

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Erica, Personally I don't believe that's what you were implying. But I do get a little worried when someone running for POTUS (and wins) says that we need to show empathy for gang bangers, murderers and mass shooters because they have a hole in their soul, that as a society we need to show understanding.

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