Argument: Killing in any form victimizes all of humankind

Issue Report: Death penalty


[1] John Donne (1572-1631), a Jacobean poet and preacher, “Meditation XVII: No man is an island…”, 1624 – “All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness….No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”[2]