Why do people kill people? I asked this question once when I was a kid and as far as I can remember the only answer I got was from my dad, “Because of unbearable hate. Only hatred and anger can do such thing.”. And so I was being introduced to the concept of killing for the first time, watching my first action movie in the TV. But the answer I got couldn’t really make any sense to my young self. Well, to be honest, it still can’t.
Murder is everywhere, in movies, TV news and even in our cities. We even know, some governments in this world justify killing criminals with death sentence. The most frightening thing for me is, even courts make mistake in deciding who’s guilty or not — and a piece of my humble opinion is, it’s never a human act to take’s someone soul and there’s always consequences for it. No, I don’t think about the juridical consequences, they are merely human made. I’m thinking more of the natural consequences, the impact of it on us if we do kill our fellow humans.
The first murderer to be known in human history is Adam’s son, Cain. He killed his brother, Abel, and the voice of his brother’s blood is crying to God from the ground. He was then cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive his brother’s blood from his hand. When he works the ground, it shall no longer yield to him its strength. He shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth. Cain plead, admitting that his punishment is greater than he can bear. Well, I agree that the price one pays for killing someone is “being a wanderer”, you would constantly running away from your conscious and humanity. I think, it’d be so unbearably hard to live that way. The punishment is indeed greater than anyone can bear.
Funnily, in addition to that, I really have the urge to quote a conversation from today’s pop culture. It’s about the creation of Horcrux from Harry Potter stories.
Tom Riddle: “And how exactly does one split his soul?“
Horace Slughorn: “Well, you must understand that the soul is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting it is an act of violation, it is against nature.”
Tom Riddle: “But how do you do it?”
Horace Slughorn: “By an act of evil — the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart.
I agree with the metaphor killing rips the soul apart, I think this describes it best. How can you killing someone without hurting your sense of humanity? There’s always a part of you becomes damaged when you take someone’s life. A life which is just as significant as anyone else’s, by the way. Despite of the differences of our income, job, education, skin color, belief, origin, sexual orientation, etc… we are all just equally humans, vulnerable and mortal. We only pass by, for a little time called a lifetime, in this world.
Back then when I read the said conversation for the first time, I thought to my self how far we as human have alienated from the true nature of killing: cruel and evil.
We hear of and see it everyday, either on screen or live. We’ve became so used with it. It’s no longer a big deal hearing a large number of people killed in a war somewhere in a faraway land or watching a security to be shot dead in a bank robbery in a movie — don’t get me started on Game of Thrones where death is such a daily bread.
I think the biggest massacre in the US last Sunday has shocked everyone worldwide, not only Americans or LGBT community. And I think it’s another strike for us to rethink and reflect more deeper on our humanity. Let’s not be dulled and don’t close our eyes. Be it a terror attack or a hate crime, murder always offends our humanity and is a shock to our core as humans. Why do people kill people?