King Hammurabi was the first king of the Babylonian civilization of Mesopotamia. He reigned for forty-three years during the time of 1792-1750 BC. He was active in building, restoring temples, city walls, and public buildings along with building canals for irrigation and fighting wars. Throughout his reign his main concern was to assure Babylonia’s control over the Euphrates. Although he controlled all of Mesopotamia during the time he was known greatly for his code of law.
The laws stay with us through current events when a neighborhood watch captain murdered an unarmed black Florida teenager. The neighborhood watch captain was a community official, and the teenager would not have been shot had he been white. This means that scaled punishments and the social distinction between slave and free man persist. Interestingly, while many people believe the expression "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" came from the Bible that written about 1100 BC, the Code of Hammurabi predated it by perhaps 700 years. Half the Code deals with contract issues, such as wages for an ox driver or surgeon.
The law was well known for its "an eye for an eye" method. The laws were written in Rosetta stone so they could be preserved and passed on to future generations. The 282 laws are known as the first set of written laws. The Law of the Twelve Tables originated in Rome in 450B.C. The leaders separated the laws into sections so the people would have a better understanding of the law.
This code is the most valuable index to life in ancient Mesopotamia. It also is very important to us now because it provides us with information regarding Babylonian culture and social relations. One nearly complete example of the Code survives today, on a diorite stele in the shape of a huge index finger. The Code of Hammurabi interests me for the simple fact that it shows how much times have changed over time. Today, we imprison people for their wrongful actions that have to be looked over through court hearings rather than give them the same punishment and torture them.
The tablet that it was inscribed on depicted a God handing the code to Hammurabi himself. The code covered topics that ranged from property laws all the way to personal injury. It was these laws that governed the city of Babylon and helped settle disputes between citizens. Although many of the punishments seem harsh, they were fair at the time the code was used. Several of the laws, if broken, resulted in death to the person.
Just how faulted is the U.S justice system? One could say that the police force has its fair share of flaws. As stated in Kenneth Jost’s “Policing the Police” article: Police departments around the country are on the defensive because of accusations of abuse of authority. Los Angeles is being rocked by a corruption scandal involving planted evidence and shooting unarmed suspects. New York City officers have been convicted of torturing a suspect and covering up the crime but acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed civilian.
Although murder is a horrific crime to commit, is death really the only just punishment? No, death is only the punishment the world has chosen for murderers. What is the difference between a murderer taking a life and a state taking a life? There is no difference because in a sense, they are both murderers. Capital punishment supports the death of one individual, the murderer, over the death of another, the victim.
North Korea is a modern dystopia as they constantly monitor everyone with surveillance cameras, dehumanize each and every civilian and give them no freedoms as they are forced to stand still and let it happen. North Korea uses thousands of security cameras in order to keep track of all their civilians and prevent them from escaping the country. North Koreans feel as though they cannot say nor do anything to people even if they are their close friends. It is easy to get stabbed in the back as cameras watch you’re every move. You can’t trust anyone when people are starving and will do anything to get food.
I protested because the “Stand Your Ground Law” made it possible for a man to walk away from his mistake without consequence and another man isn’t even privileged to see the light of another day. You see it disgusts the very pit of me to see my time lines filled with IGNORANCE in regards to this situation. The Trayvon Martin story is much bigger than you and I. It is much darker than any shade of skin color. And my skin cringes at the very thought that half of you don’t even know what you protest for.
The Code is particularly just for its time. The structure of the code is very specific, with each offense receiving a specified punishment. The punishments tended to be harsh by modern standards, with many offenses resulting in death, disfigurement, or the use of the "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" philosophy. Putting the laws into writing was important in itself because it suggested that the laws were immutable and above the power of any earthly king to change. It also glorifies acts of peace and justice done during