From a historical perspective, we can now look back on a couple of thousand years of mankind's history and laugh at some of the ignorant things humans have done. Well-intentioned, intelligent people believing they were doing the right thing instituted most of these actions. These pillars of the community could point to the best scientific studies available at the time or maybe religious doctrine to support the actions they endorsed. In the 1600's the Pilgrims landed here and settled. We are taught they came seeking freedom to practice their religion without persecution and that they were a peaceful people who made friends with the native people. We are told they celebrated their friendship in a holiday we still celebrate today. Actually, they were murderous animals who massacred women and children without remorse. Even our Thanksgiving is a celebration of a massacre (but we leave that part of the fantasy out). You can read about these warm and wonderful people here. It wasn't long afterward before we took to killing people because they were witches. Surely those people needed to be put to death. Skipping ahead a couple of hundred years, we come to the 1900s. Now there was a time of modern enlightenment. Women who had a taste for sex could be brought to a doctor to have that problem surgically corrected. A little later the scientific doctrine of Eugenics was used to sterilize people, remove their children and adopt them out to "good Christian families" where they could be raised correctly. Throughout this period, blacks could be lynched in the South with no fear of any legal repercussions, in fact, this became a family style entertainment with the entire town turning out to watch. Today, we are much more civilized. We never lynch anybody (at least officially) and the only people we put to death really deserve it. But do they? What if we find out (sometime in the future) that a chemical imbalance caused by the introduction of Fluorine in our drinking water or maybe from radio waves caused a small portion of people to commit murders? What if a bacterial infection caused infected adults to commit pedophilia? To the historians looking back on our ignorance, will we be as guilty as the judges in Salem? Will we be guilty of murder? Should we be held accountable for our crimes? Will we pay for it in our afterlife? And what should be the penalty? The more we advance in our knowledge, the more we realize how ignorant we really are. But are we also guilty of heinous crimes? While the scales of Justice are slow, they do turn. If you believe in Karma, you might want to re-evaluate your position on some of these subjects. Maybe the dead can't avenge the wrongs we have committed against them but their children can. We are living longer, advancing faster and we will probably look like fools for some of the decisions we make today. Perhaps God can forgive us, the people we have grievously harmed probably won't, unless they are more forgiving than I. Something to think about when you're casting the first stone.