A man, the defendant, sits solemnly and silently, while his lawyer paces the room. We, the audience, just now getting into the scene, know nothing about this man, what his charge his, etc. We do, however, catch the final argument from the lawyer.
“Ladies and gentleman of the jury. What my defendant did was unlawful, unjust, evil, say what you will. But the fault was not of his own. It was not his hand that started these actions, but the hand of his father as he beat the defendant as a young boy so many years ago. And by the hand of his mother as she neglected him and shared his drug use as a teenager. This past no doubt has set my defendant up to do this crime. It started, not from his own free will, but from the coercion of others horrible actions.
Do not find my friend here guilty. He being him is not responsible.”
We don’t know about all of the man’s past. We don’t know what the crime is. But considering a terrible childhood, should he still bear the responsibility? I answer with a resounding, Yes. [Read more…] about Your Past Does Not Bear On Responsibility