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Let's talk about the loss of humanity in people who commit horrific acts so as to get even with society after society banishes the persons who commit the horrific acts.

Humanity defined: The quality of being humane, the kind feelings, dispositions and sympathies of man, especially a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness.

Consider a banished person who committed a horrific act -- for example, indiscriminately killing school children. Was that act of revenge done by the killer because he was previously banished?

Did society banish the killer to prison in the hope that being banished to prison with others who have been banished somehow restores the banished person's lost humanity?

Does society put banished people in prison because society can't think of anything else to do with the banished person? All the while the scrap heap of inhumanity only gets bigger? Where are the answers?

Don Harman, La Crosse

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