(Originally posted as my Open Thread on WWL)
Yesterday, what I really woke up thinking about, before I read Aristeides “Make Peace” essay and got sidelined into my careful optimist ramble, was the Death Penalty.
Why? Hell, I don’t know. I would venture it was because my 9 year old asked a few days prior “Suicide is against the Law?”
We had been watching a show, and some agent or another was tricking a guy into testifying, by claiming she would arrest him for attempted suicide if he didn’t ‘fess up.
I answered, laughing, “Yeah, Jake, but its kind of hard to arrest someone who actually does it.”
::I stand, Look at imaginary dead body on the floor::
“You have the right to remain silent.”
::Dramatic pause, glance at Jake::
“Check. Looks like that one’s covered.”
~~kid starts giggling at me, I look back at the floor~~
“You have the right to call an attorney.”
::Dramatic pause, roll eyes at kid::
“Not gonna happen. Even if I gave him the dime.”
~~kid laughing like crazy~~
We cracked up. He’s far too young for the question to have been frightening as it may be during the teen angst years, and I could tell he just thought it weird. But the idea of legislating life and death reappeared in my brain, with a bunch of thoughts stuck to it.
Not the least of which, individual suicide is against the law, yet businesses who are legal ‘people’ get money for trying to commit suicide.
Try and commit suicide, get 80 billion dollars. Huh. That’d stop the next bridge jump attempt.
Your suicide? Arrest! Wallstreet suicide? Punishable by REWARD.