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Alabama: Prevent Execution of Thomas Arthur
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The Honorable Robert Bentley Governor of the State of Alabama
(DHAKA- Bangladesh) - Since 1973, 140 persons—have been released from death row, after it was proven that they were in fact innocent of the crimes they were convicted of. Some of the referenced prisoners were within days of being executed, and five of the 140 were in the state of Alabama. Alabama greatly risks taking the life of one of its own citizens for a crime he did not commit.
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The world has its own set of laws that were agreed upon by the ruling nations in 1948, and many people are not aware of this simple fact. At the root of the concept of world citizenry itself, is the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an overriding and supreme law that ensures many essential human rights that governments today fail to observe. Also central to any hope of human success, is the understanding of the human hierarchy of needs, as defined by Abraham Maslow- more information on this at the conclusion of this entry. We must use the Internet as a tool of justice at every junction, and we need to assist all human beings, everywhere, and not allow cultural, racial or religious preferences as determiners.
In this appeal, William Gomes asks The Honorable Robert Bentley, Governor of the State of Alabama in Montgomery, to prevent the execution of Thomas Arthur, which is currently scheduled for 29th March 2012. Gomes states that the very cornerstones of human rights are the respect for the inherent dignity of all human beings and the right to equal treatment.
March 3, 2012
The Honorable Robert Bentley
Governor of the State of Alabama
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
Fax: (334) 353-0004
Re: Alabama: Prevent Execution of Thomas Arthur
Dear Governor Bentley:
I strongly urges you to prevent the execution of Thomas Arthur, currently scheduled for March 29, 2012.
The cornerstones of human rights are the respect for the inherent dignity of all human beings and the right to equal treatment.
I opposes capital punishment because the inherent dignity of the person cannot be squared with the death penalty, a form of punishment unique in its cruelty and finality, and a punishment inevitably and universally plagued with arbitrariness, prejudice, and error.
Given the irrevocability of death, every precaution must be taken to ensure that mistakes are not made. Since 1973, 140 persons—including five in Alabama—have been released from US death rows after they were shown to be innocent of the crimes for which they had been sentenced to die. Some had come within days of execution.
Alabama simply should not tolerate the risk that one of its citizens will be executed for a crime he or she did not commit.
For these reasons, I urge you prevent the execution of Thomas Arthur.
William Nicholas Gomes
Maslow's hierarchy of needs
As children we are educated in right and wrong, we are told how to conduct ourselves; we learn both expectations and limitations, and from that point we go forth with these tools, and our individual personalities, and fail or succeed accordingly.
In school we quickly understand that without paper, there is no place to write. Once we have paper, a pen or pencil is required to move to the next point. There is a great analogy that exists between this simple concept of paper and pen, and what we know today as Maslow's hierarchy of needs- the theory in psychology proposed in Abraham Maslow's 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation.
He demonstrated how without the correct necessities, a person can do little good for themselves, and has none to offer for others. However when people are housed and have clothing, heat, food, health and security, anything is possible. However if just one of these dynamics is removed from the mix, the chance for success can be adversely affected.
Wikipedia describes Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a pyramid consisting of five levels:
The lowest level is associated with physiological needs, while the uppermost level is associated with self-actualization needs, particularly those related to identity and purpose.
The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are met. Once an individual has moved upwards to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized. If a lower set of needs is no longer be met, the individual will temporarily re-prioritize those needs by focusing attention on the unfulfilled needs, but will not permanently regress to the lower level.
For instance, a businessman at the esteem level who is diagnosed with cancer will spend a great deal of time concentrating on his health (physiological needs), but will continue to value his work performance (esteem needs) and will likely return to work during periods of remission.
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