|You're okay with this? Fucking SERIOUSLY?|
|He was cool with torture.|
Even if in our hearts we believe that the person is the lowest form of life on the planet, someone who is not deserving of being treated like a human being, torture is still not justified.
You have to understand that human rights is not just about the person on the receiving end, it’s about ourselves as well. When we violate human rights, we’re allowing the darkness of human nature prevail in our actions. We’re proving to ourselves and the world that we’re capable of committing horrifying atrocities, and once you’ve crossed that plane there’s no going back.
We have laws and limits placed on human behavior for a reason, and it isn’t the simplistic “slippery slope,” argument. It’s deeper than that. It’s about personal responsibility and moral fiber. Everyone who is still all there should know, in their heart, that torture is wrong if only for the simple fact that you would not appreciate being tortured. An empathetic person, a compassionate person, would then logically posit that if it’s not something you would like to have done to you, then it’s probably not something that should be done to anyone else.
|Also cool with torture.|
If you are able to torture someone, or if you have zero empathy, then you are someone who has lost your humanity, and I shudder to think what else lurks in the darkness of your soul.
“Jack you hypocritical asshat, you’ve often said that killing is sometimes justified and legitimate. How can you draw the line here?” Well, HTNS, killing a person in self-defense is justified. Killing an enemy combatant in war, lest you be killed, is justified. Killing an innocent civilian? Not justified. Collateral damage? Not justified. The latter two examples are things that might be unavoidable, but they must be paid for if justice means anything.
If anyone wants to refute me on this one, then please do so. I’m cutting this article short, and I can assure you that I could write an entire treatise on this subject. Object to my position freely, but know that I’m leaving out several other arguments in deference to brevity.