Thursday, April 05, 2007
That's Capital, Mate
I have arguments with Peter Gabriel inside of my head or during my lucid dreaming sessions. I guess Dream Pete and I both getting a bit bored with sex (and it's just so TIRING)so mostly we either play games, visit other people or argue like a married couple. (Note to self: Perhaps I should ask my shrink why my dream life is so much more interesting than my waking life). ANYWAY, last night we bickered about capital punishment. (Married couple --> Capital punishment. Logical connection, ennit?). It went something like this:
PG: So, how's the writing going?
Me: It's punishing. I'm a bit worried whether any of my fellow man will be left alive to read it.
PG: Oh, God, this isn't going to become another rant about the murder rate in Philadelphia, is it?
Me: Well, I hadn't INTENDED to rant, but now that you point it out, I wonder how many of the murderers are repeat offenders. I know you're against capital punishment, but do we really need to play Russian Roulette whenever we leave our homes?
PG: It's illogical to kill, for almost any reason. If we abhor it in murderers, then why murder them in turn? It doesn't make sense. I'm glad we don't have it in England. I hope one day America will join Western civilization.
Me: Hardy ha ha. But what should we do with all of these mental cases who care nothing about anybody but themselves? They just get into a pattern and go killing again and again.
PG: Not every one.
Me: No, not every one, but what about those that are? Come to think of it, what about those who volunteer for police assisted suicide? Shouldn't we just give them what they want and get on with our lives? Less time, money and effort that way.
PG: Capital punishment by no means is an effective deterrrent to crime.
Me: I don't think anyone ever believed it was. They just wanted to sound clever in capital punishment debates.
PG: It's a clever, bloodless euphemism for government sanctioned murder, isn't it? Capital punishment...sounds like they make criminals stand in a corner and wear a dunce cap.
Me: Well, I can't argue with that. I think "cold revenge" is a better term. I mean, that's what it is, isn't it? A sort of trying to get the fairness balance back in the victim's lives.
PG: There are no lost cases. And who are you to judge who should live or die? Or me, for that matter.
Me: Two words.
Me: Mark Chapman.
PG: (Sighs, then shakes head). Even for Mark Chapman, I still say that capital punishment is cruel and inhuman treatment.
Me: That's the point, isn't it? It's SUPPOSED to be inhuman. He made me suffer, I want him to suffer.
PG: Um, are you still taking the Prozac?
Me: Yes, I am, Mr. Let's Change The Subject.
PG: I thought you were a Witch. Leave the revenge to the Goddess Nemesis, kiss a tree and all that sort of thing.
Me: Well, I make my opinions from observing nature. And nature seems to condone revenge. Therefore, I do, too. (Narrows eyes) Which reminds me, you did a concert in my hometown of Philadelphia on my birthday AFTER I'd moved to England!
PG: Wow! Is that the time? Shouldn't your bladder be screaming at you to wake up about now?
I guess reading this far in my dream is punishing enough. (I'm just a fan of Peter's -- neither he nor his charities endorse this blogpost in any way, shape or form.)