The concepts of right and wrong, innocence and guilt, are ingrained in us. The idea of free will is deeply cherished.
But what if all of our actions are a result of our conditioning and the stories our brains have made up, without our active participation, about our previous experience? What if they are out of our control?
What if someone does something we consider profoundly unacceptable?
We have the right to remove ourselves and others from harm, but to plunge into the murky waters of sin and retribution leads to individual and collective madness.