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Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

Created: 01/14/20

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Posted Jan. 14, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

As Wyatt contemplates the people he's killed; he wonders what it means to be innocent. "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?


Posted Jan. 18, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
paulagb

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

This statement is a foolish devaluation of life. It only makes any sense if you redefine “deserve” in the most unusual way. It smacks of arrogance of the upper or ruling class who does not expect to die in any way, but old and in a bed.


Posted Jan. 18, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

I actually completely agree with it. Now, whether or not one *deserves* to die is a different matter. I don't think anyone deserves an early death, not even the criminals on death row.

Kinda reminds me of Terry Pratchett's character, Death. He often says, "THERE IS NO JUSTICE. JUST ME."


Posted Jan. 18, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rebeccar

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

I do agree with reader paulabg above. Sometimes wealthy and powerful people think they are above the law, and that they won't ever have to pay for their crimes. Innocent people do not ever deserve an early death. Innocent animals do not deserve to be tortured. Some news reports and even movies about true crimes involve evil characters -child rapists/mass murderers/ serial killers- which are a different discussion.


Posted Jan. 18, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
terriej

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

All will die and innocence has nothing to do with it. An early death is never deserved. I don't like this statement.


Posted Jan. 19, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
christineb

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

It's very much a mixed statement. I agree with the last part which seems to not logically follow the first part about deserving to die.


Posted Jan. 19, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
deeh

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RE: Wyatt comments,

I disagree with this statement. Of course we all die, "no one gets out of here alive.' (It's a quote, but I don't remember where I read it.) Deserving should have nothing to do with what happens to us at the end of out lives.


Posted Jan. 24, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
vivianh

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

I disagree with the statement. The only sure things are death & taxes; however, few people deserve to die - at least prematurely. Death is inevitable. However, Wyatt’s nihilism is anathema to me. Only the truly evil deserve to die.


Posted Jan. 25, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorinned

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

I didn't like Wyatt as a character. I agree with others above who have said innocence has nothing to do with death - we are all going to die sooner or later. Wyatt is making a fatalistic remark.


Posted Jan. 29, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
pnelson384

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

This is a very sad quote. Yes, we all die. I would not think about death in this context, though.


Posted Jan. 31, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ireneh

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

In this context, Wyatt is talking about the danger that the character is facing and being cynical about their situation. Taken outside of the context of the book, the statement as philosophy is true. There is no how or why when it comes to death. Guilty people die, innocent people die, children die too soon. It is true that there is no relationship between how one lives ones life and the absolute certainty that death comes to us all. This, to me, was one of the genuine insights in a text full of lies and misdirection.


Posted Feb. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
acstrine

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

I think Wyatt (who was referred to as a sociopath by Susanna) is merely trying to rationalize his behavior- -to make it seem ok that he spent a large part of his life killing people for money. For some reason, this job really seemed to shake him, and I sensed that he did not like what he needed to do to the couple in the parking garage.

I definitely don't agree with his word choice. Deserve? And now my brain is quickly tangenting to the bigger question- -does anyone really deserve anything? And why am I all of the sudden attaching such a negative connotation to that word?


Posted Feb. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Junebug

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RE: Wyatt comments, "Innocent doesn't mean you don't deserve to die. We all die, there's no deserve or don't deserve about it. Just a question of when, and how." What's your opinion about this statement?

Nobody gets out of this alive. We all do die and our guilt or innocence usually has little to do with it. Even if I agreed with this statement, who gets to decide our guilt or innocence? What are the criteria for deciding any person deserves to die? I think this more accurately could state "Even though I believe you to be innnocent, I still feel you deserve to die and that I should be the one to kill you." Which pushes this book's main theme of self-centeredness.


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