Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.
Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing, and a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.
We don’t punish people because they are evil, but because they make bad choices, choices that are bad for the herd. Morality isn’t heaven-sent or eternal, just a set of rules that benefit the herd.
The fact that society has become strong and sure of itself diminishes the external importance of the injury and so leads to a mitigation of its punishment.
It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.