Ethos

We are using a three-dimensional argument to show how and why mob culture is wrong. The first argument is “ethos”.

Ethos is an appeal to ethics, and ethics are simply the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations.

Ghanaian culture is overly religious, with divine intervention serving as the basis for most if not all our social change. Yet, religion plays an important role in every aspect of our lives, except when it counts.

Taking another human’s life with impunity is wrong in any ethical setting. It’s not right according to any of our religious values. Take for instance, Jesus, who is revered by both Muslims and Christians said to a mob who attempted to stone an alleged prostitute: “let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.”

We all have flaws, and we have a justice system to determine which of our flaws are crimes. It also sets out which punishments are suitable for which crime. Mob culture abrogates this, and defines each crime with absolutes. There is no scale or grade of differing deaths. There is only one punishment for each and every crime: painful, brutal, senseless death.

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