Since the topic is about morality, let me hear about your opinions for this matter. This is from a manga/anime called Death Note. You know, you should read manga or watch anime once in a while, you’ll get something from it one way or another.
Rules of Death Note
- The human whose name is written in this notebook shall die.
- This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person’s face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
- If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the person’s name, it will happen.
- If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack.
- After writing the cause of death, the details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Raito (Light) picked up and was entrusted with this notebook called Death Note. By those rules above, Death Note is that special notebook used by the Shinigamis/death gods/reapers/whatever you wanted to call them, on which gives you the privilege to see the shinigami assigned to that certain Death Note and kill people by whatever means you like, of course, it’s limited to realistic deaths. (I wont go into details with the Death Note since its not really important for this entry.) Since Raito is still young and is very idealistic, he wanted to use the Death Note to “create a world clean of sinners” and so he began his massive killings of convicts all around the world. For Raito, that thing he’s doing, is just because those people he killed are sentenced criminals and are therefore, worthless humans that need to be eliminated. But for “L”, his rival, no matter if they are criminals or not, they are still humans and therefore, in his point of view, what Raito is doing, is unjust.
Please also take this into consideration the fact that, since Raito begun killing criminals, the amount of criminals around the world dropped hugely because people are afraid of getting killed themselves. Raito was then treated as both savior of mankind and a serial mass murderer – both a god and a devil.
In my opinion, there’s not doubt that “L”, is right when he claimed even though they are criminals, they are still humans. But, I do not agree in that fact that they deserve to live, at least peacefully in jail. I also agree to Raito’s opinion that criminals such as those he killed are worthless, but in my opinion, they don’t deserve death either. Because when you die, you would never be able to see the ugliness of humanity, you will never be able to hear the screams of people’s agony, you will never be able to taste the bitterness of life, you will never smell the dripping blood from roting flesh of people scars, you will never feel pain nor suffering. With death, you would be eternally in bliss and in freedom. Therefore, I prefer people to see their own rotting reflections, hear their own frightful cries, taste how life can be as bitter, smell their own blood as they bleed. And after that, they would forever drown themselves in tears and regret.