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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
Painful executions have detrimental effects on society as they dull people's sensitivity toward human suffering. This phenomenon has been recognized and given a name: "compassion fatigue."
Three years of media coverage of the
Syrian Civil War
dulled people's sensitivity to the human suffering there. Likewise painful executions, once routine, will dull people's concern.
This assumes that executions are public. In the modern world, most executions are not.
People's sensitivity towards human suffering could increase if people were to witness and hear about the victims' experiences.
implies, this refers to "disease, famine, war, and death", none of which affect the US. Painful executions, on the other hand, would take place at home and probably result in less compassion fatigue.