an eye for an eye

introduction

“An eye for an eye” 

Probably one of the most debated topics since the 1600 BC’s. 

I did my research, and found that the concept of ‘an eye for an eye’ came from The Code of Hummurabi, king of Babylon, 1792 – 1750 BC. 

The exact phrase extracted from the Code of Hammuravi (translated into English) is

If a man put out the eye of a nobleman (amelu), his eye shall be put out.’

http://iws.collin.edu/mbailey/hammurabi%27s%20laws.htm


proposition (agrees with Hummarabi)

AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WORLD BRIGHT NOT BLIND

AN EYE FOR AN EYE,

A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH,

ASHES TO ASHES AND DUST TO DUST.

Depishm

If somebody steals something of sentimental value from you, would you be satisfied if all he had to do was pay the cash value of the item? No. Even though the material value has been compensated for, there is always the sentimental value that will never be replaced. 
Hence, it’s only fair that the person loses something he holds dear to him as well.  

Looking at ‘an eye for an eye’ from a different point of view, Hummarabi might have meant it as a metaphor for justice equality, not revenge. For example, imprisoning a man for life because he murdered somebody. 

 

opposition (disagrees with Hummarabi) 

Gandhi once said “an eye for an eye makes the world go blind”. Is that true?

If you take my mother’s life, I will take your life. 
If I take your life, your mother will take my life. 
If your mother takes my life, my father will take her life.

And the list goes on, and on, and on. Basically, there will be no peace found in the ‘eye for an eye’ concept because the crimes and hatred will simply be circulated until no one is left. Or one sad person who took the second last person’s life. It is a lose-lose situation. 

A real-life example: .There was a huge war between Pandazas and Kauravas. The both of them fought by the mentality of ‘an eye for an eye’. What happened in the end? The both of them lost. They just kept on taking each other’s assets until there was nothing left on either party. 

 

conclusion

I leave to you to decide whether or not the motion should stand. 

 

references and sources

 

http://www.chacha.com/question/who-came-up-with-an-eye-for-an-eye

http://iws.collin.edu/mbailey/hammurabi%27s%20laws.htm

http://www.crystalinks.com/babylonia.html

http://www.debate.org/debates/an-eye-for-a-eye-will-make-the-whole-world-blin…

http://www.createdebate.com/debate/show/AN_EYE_FOR_AN_EYE_MAKES_THE_WHOLE_WOR…

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