Angry Enough to Murder

こうがみ…くん… by 苔

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Matthew 5:21-22

There has been some interesting discussion regarding PSYCHO-PASS, because so far is interesting, it can still screw up in any moment but lets be positive,  furthermore is too soon to talk.

From what I’ve seen, the main cause of discussion has been the universe in which the story takes place. We have the Sibyl1 system which apparently controls everything, how does it work and who controls it is has not been explained, the other side of said system is the Psycho-pass term, which is, according to the official synopsis, “a standard to measure and quantify a person’s state of mind and personality” if it reaches certain level they a flagged as latent criminals, some are taken for therapy, other to prisons or as enforcers and some others are eliminated.

The flaws of the Sibyl system, and the Psycho-Pass, are obvious, everyone has noticed them. We can assume the creators are not even trying to hide them. The dark side is there for everyone to see, but what about the benefits?

Recently in Wales there was a series of hit and run incidents. Basically a man took his van, went for the road and started running people over, the result was a woman killed and 12 injured, for what I understood he was targeting children but I’m not sure of it.

We still don’t know the reasons this man had to commit such atrocity, but if we has a Sibyl system, we can assume he would have been flagged by it and the crime prevented… if he didn’t make a run for it  like the guy on the first episode…

Anyway that’s not the point, if anyone has read so far you would wonder why I chose that cite from the Bible as an opening for the post, well it was a good ice-breaker and the theme in common.

The question I’ve seen so far is: Is it right to judge a person who hasn’t committed a crime yet?

But what about: Is it right to wait for a person to commit a crime to finally judge them?

Would it be fair to the victim and their family? (assuming the crime is murder or something of the genre)

常守くん by エマニエル武人

I mean, we might not have a Sibyls system but there have been several occasions in which people with dangerous backgrounds are left free on the street and only when they commit a crime everyone realizes that it could have been prevented.

The bible quote above, is mainly directed to each of us as individuals, for our conscience and to be aware of the dangers of anger and contempt we might have against other individuals, but what about people who have lost their conscience, do we have the right to judge them? If not, is it right to give them the same freedom we have? Are we acting superior?

This are all moral questions that don’t reach any conclusion, dare I to reach any conclusion. I wish the show will raise such questions, and not just present us one side of the coin.


Extra notes that have nothing to do with the theme in question:

I wonder if the OP sequence has some deeper meaning than just pretty sequence. I mean, we’ve seen Shinya said he wants to be a detective but act like a beast (thanks Akane for pointing it out, we’ve never have noticed otherwise) and in the op he is fighting with himself… if that was obvious for everybody else, we are set.

Is that a Daruma doll on Shinya’s desk?

From all the intros (pre OP) so far, my favourite is from the third episode, I won’t say anymore than that.

1Sibyl is a word of Greek origin which means prophetess, the reasoning behind it seems obvious

One thought on “Angry Enough to Murder

  1. I’ve been reading a lot of discussion on Pyscho-Pass. The one interesting aspect of it is the question of what criminality comes from and the relation to what the movie Minority Report talks about. Very interesting indeed and great read!

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