IDENTIFYING WITH AN OPPONENT
Identifying With an Opponent
Identifying with an Opponent
Mays believes that it is a tense and complicated situation to achieve a goal of being identified with the opponent without jeopardizing own beliefs. A way of doing so which according to her thoughts is to establish a rapport or similar grounds immediately. Despite the varying mindsets, beliefs, and experiences, all of us are humans. Therefore, we share a number of common characters, experiences, and feelings along certain lines like integrity, humanitarianism among others. She believes that when in a situation of identifying with an opponent though still holding on the true self, she would establish a common understanding. This would link both their thoughts and experiences.
She prefers a common bond to be established between the opposing teams to be on a subject of death sentence matter since it may highlight facts whether the opponents honestly want to have the power to help in deciding if someone’s innocence or guilt decides their fate. She furthers her readers put themselves in the jurors’ shoes then focus on emotional aspects the sentence has if the defendant was a family member or a friend.
As much as it of great achievement to identify with an opponent, it is not easy to completely give your trust to them. Like in the case of death sentence, even if you will want to pardon the juror, your free will may not allow you to do so. The fact that capital punishment is what the jury sees right for the juror then the crime he committed must be murder or worse. Now do not imagine being in the shoe of the opponent or your family member or friend but imagine it is your family member or friend, buried two days ago. Better still imagine it is you buried two days ago never to be seen again, the cause of all this is the juror before you or next to you. Here only faith can make a person to favor the opponent and pardon him or her.
In reality, Mays way of identifying with the opponent would be great if it were a human behavior of socializing and interrelating with each other. It is not a good idea to identify oneself with the opponent only to have mercy later and set him free. This will not change the behavior of this particular person since he may continue to do harm knowing that he might be pardoned again. You might have done this an act of faith and true forgiveness but to him is an encouragement to go with inhumane activities. He lost his human nature so what’s the need to have mercy towards him now. Everybody must and will carry their own cross; therefore it will not be worth it to lift off the cross of the opponent away from him or her.