Thursday, January 11, 2007

 

Blast From the Past

I've recently had to call The Tennessean to get them to restore a link that had expired and that process made me reread the piece, a moving testimony written by Charlie Strobel around the time of Sedley Alley's execution. This reminded me of admiration for the amazing people who have found the power in their own lives to rise above our society's calls for vengeance to find a better, more healing, path. In Charlie's words:

Even if my mother's killer thought his life was more valuable than her life, we never once believed that her life was more valuable than his life. Nor did we allow his view of life to become our view of life, despite what society might have wanted. So we did not seek the death penalty.

The whole piece is terrific and well worth the read, on the restored link.
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