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Taking revenge on a dead body is an affront to our society

It disgusts me to see that people want to take revenge on a dead body, even if it belongs to someone who is accused of having done something evil while being alive. I saw the pain that that was inflicted on the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, but I also recognize that the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is dead. One can judge the living by the mistakes they made while still alive, but trying to get even with a dead body is sickening.

I don’t know whether there is an afterlife, but if there is, then that is when all of us would look back with amazement at how our lives had been filled with so much hatred, suffering, misconception, and pettiness. Everybody deserves a funeral and some form of burial, unless he or she had indicated otherwise. Those who demonstrate against any funeral for whatever reason are without dignity and an affront to our society’s civility.

Loc Duong


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