The primitive asks forgiveness of the prey. I believe contemporary societies would do well to beg the indulgence of the condemned in case the jury is making a mistake. I think we should wear our fallibility on our sleeve. We know the umpire isn't infallible, we see missed line calls all the time in tennis, and on some very big points. But the game requires the call. The society needs to make judgments and get on with life; society has no business with the preposterous claim of being dignified: or just.
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