you, because there is no one to complain to who can fix it once that point isreached: you allowed it, and it falls to you to fix it, or no one will.One way to tell Evil from Good is to put yourself in the place of the victim,because the victim of Evil
sees it as a ‘small Evil’; it’s just plain Evil. Liketorture, for instance.Imagine yourself snatched off the street by your own government, (or more likelyby you-know-not-whom), taken you know not where, and tortured. You areaccused of something you KNOW you had nothing to do with, but some small-souled, angry, power-hungry individual somewhere sees a threat in you. You arebeaten until you’re barely conscious and bleeding, you are forced to stand nakedand filthy in front of strangers of both sexes and your anus is invaded withsomething that hurts and also makes you bleed; pictures are taken. You losecontrol of bladder and bowels while tied to a chair in a light that never goes out,in sound that hurts, and the people around you laugh. You are strapped to aboard, your sight taken, and made to feel as though you are drowning.
, youremember stories of people who
this way, and you wonder if you will be oneof them. When all they ask is for you to sign a confession you realize that
they don’t care whether you’re guilty or not!
they care about is getting aconfession, and maybe the names of other people they can snatch up andtorture. You realize that torture gains no real information – it is just a way of controlling people with terror, nothing less.You have been allowed to contact no one. Your job is gone, and maybe your home; your family only knows you are gone, and perhaps they have to gothrough any savings you had just to survive. You don’t know; you are toldnothing. The government denies any responsibility for or knowledge of you.Your representative, if you have been allowed one, really represents your torturers. You remember the discussions with politicians arguing whether waterboarding was torture or not. Now you know that waterboarding is tortureand nothing else: you
It is no simulation of
. Every time, over andover, you really, truly
, and they take you
right to the edge of death!
As thebeatings, the humiliations, the electrical shocks, the ‘stress positions’ (God, whata mealy-mouthed phrase! It’s induced
for no reason and nothing less,nothing else), as it all continues without let, because solitary confinement in aplace where rest cannot be had, where the ‘food and water’ make you ill, whereno one speaks to you except in anger, to demand information you do not have, itcomes to you that
The other citizens out there in The World don’t know this, though. They think it’sa ‘small Evil’, necessary in order to protect them, to protect the country, and themedia never allows them to hear of
it. Still, people being people, some smallbits of information do get out, maybe not about you specifically, but about what’shappening. You remember hearing about it yourself, always labeled ‘tinfoil hat-wearing, liberal conspiracy theories’ as such information is called, and almost no