Talk:Manslaughter

From New World Encyclopedia
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Homicide in all its forms has been common throughout human history in all cultures. Although murder has been condemned by religions and criminalized in most societies from early days, the killing of others has still continued to be perpetrated both intentionally and in the less culpable circumstances of manslaughter.

While manslaughter, especially involuntary manslaughter, contains no malicious intent to kill another person, the perpetrator nonetheless chose to perform actions that led to the death. Since these actions could have been avoided had the person chosen to act in a reasonable manner, that person is responsible for taking the life of the victim. Understanding that all people live for eternity in the afterlife, after the death of their physical body, leads to the realization that such killers must be confronted by their victims in the spiritual world.

Despite the lesser culpability of manslaughter compared to murder, the taking of another's life remains a serious infraction of human rights, namely the victim's right to life. As such, manslaughter is an unfortunate consequence of the fact that human beings do not always follow their conscience to act in the best interests of others. Ultimately, therefore, God's vision for humankind involves changes in the hearts and minds of human beings. When people listen to their conscience, which teaches and guides them to behave in ways that support a peaceful and prosperous society for all, all forms of homicide, including manslaughter, will become a thing of the past.

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