OSHO: The Rule of a Barbarous Society

OSHO International Foundation presents Osho: The Rule of a Barbarous Society The death penalty is a degrading proof of man’s inhumanity to man. It shows that man is still living in the barbarous age. Civilization still remains an idea, it has not become a reality. The death penalty is so idiotic that you will have to look from all the aspects, to understand why such an idiotic thing has continued in all the civilizations, cultures, nations. Even in a few countries where it was dropped, it has been adopted again. In a few other countries where it has been dropped, it has been replaced by life imprisonment — which is worse than the death penalty itself. It is better to die in a single moment, rather than to go on dying slowly for fifty years, sixty years. Changing from the death penalty to a life sentence is going not towards civilization, it is going still deeper into barbarous, inhuman darkness, unconsciousness. The first thing to remember is that the death penalty is not really a punishment. If you cannot give life as a reward, you cannot give death as a penalty. This is a simple logic, there cannot be two opinions about it. If you cannot give life to people, what right do you have to take their life? This is how man goes on saying one thing and goes on doing just its opposite. He talks about being civilized, cultured… he is not civilized, not cultured. The death penalty is proof enough. This is the rule of a barbarous society: an eye for an eye, and a head for a head. If somebody cuts your one hand, then in a barbarous society, this is a simple law: one of your hands should be cut. The same has been carried down the ages. The death penalty is exactly the same law: an eye for an eye. Of a man it is thought that he has murdered somebody; then he should be murdered. But it is strange: if killing somebody is a crime, then how can you remove crime from society by committing the same crime again? There was one man murdered; now there are two men murdered. And it is not certain that this man murdered that man, because to prove a murder is not an easy thing. And if murder is wrong, then whether it is committed by the man or by the society and its court, that makes no difference. Killing certainly is a crime. The death penalty is a crime committed by the society against a single individual, who is helpless. I cannot call it a penalty, it is a crime. And you can understand why it is committed: it is a revenge. The society is taking revenge; because the man did not follow the rules of the society, the society is ready to kill him. But nobody bothers that when somebody murders, it shows that the man is psychologically sick. Rather than sending him into imprisonment or to be executed, he should be sent into a nursing home. Source: From Darkness To Light #4 Copyright © Osho International Foundation, Switzerland. OSHO ® is a registered TM. For more information visit www.osho.com

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