Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

A Picture of Reality

Contributed by Olivia K. Moore

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A few months ago I visited a local art museum and there was one particular exhibit that caught my interest. It was a photography exhibit by Lucinda Devlin. She had many different collections but the one I found myself looking at the longest was a collection of pictures she took in execution rooms in the United States. Most of them were lethal injection rooms, but some were electric shock. Death sentences are not something unheard of in the United States and are not uncommon, however there has been a long debate about whether or not they are moral. This is something I have always questioned as well. On one side, if they did something bad enough to be sentenced to death, don’t they deserve it? On the other side, are we not committing the same crime that they did? Is murder not a murder no matter what the intentions of it are? I knew that executions existed but they had never been put into reality for me. I saw a harsh reality of human behavior from both sides of the situation and I realize that neither is truly justified. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”.
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This classifies as a humanities moment because it is questioning an ethical situation that occurs on a national level.

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A Picture of Reality

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This classifies as a humanities moment because it is questioning an ethical situation that occurs on a national level.

Description

A few months ago I visited a local art museum and there was one particular exhibit that caught my interest. It was a photography exhibit by Lucinda Devlin. She had many different collections but the one I found myself looking at the longest was a collection of pictures she took in execution rooms in the United States. Most of them were lethal injection rooms, but some were electric shock. Death sentences are not something unheard of in the United States and are not uncommon, however there has been a long debate about whether or not they are moral. This is something I have always questioned as well. On one side, if they did something bad enough to be sentenced to death, don’t they deserve it? On the other side, are we not committing the same crime that they did? Is murder not a murder no matter what the intentions of it are? I knew that executions existed but they had never been put into reality for me. I saw a harsh reality of human behavior from both sides of the situation and I realize that neither is truly justified. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”.

Date

February, 2017

Contributor

Olivia K. Moore

Identifier

picture-of-reality

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