It got me thinking about a few things, which I figured I’d share here.
Have you ever really looked at some of them, like the iron maiden, the brazen bull, the pear of anguish or crocodile shears?
Some incarnations of these are fairly plain, but others are lavishly decorated and beautiful. You can tell that a great amount of time and skill went into making these instruments of pain and death as aesthetically pleasing as possible… Agony and ugliness made beautiful. An embrace of the monstrous
During the time of their use, those who commissioned the construction of these devices or who condemned people to suffer their effects were respected, moral, individuals within society. My question is what does that say about the average “good” person if they’re willing to accept, respect and in some cases enjoy the aesthetic or spectacle of such a thing?
You may be wondering why I ask that question in the present tense, as people and the world have changed and such horrifying implements are no longer used…
Well, I don’t believe people really have changed that much, it’s just that instead of joining the crowd at the arena or at the local gallows, people turn on the news or go online. How many “good” “normal” people do you think watched the video of that reporter being beheaded a while back? Lots did and I bet some even jerked off to it.
Anyway… OPOF already made this point with his game… I bet even if there wasn’t the justification of punishing a pedophile, some “good” person would probably still have come up with suggestions.
It just really struck me tonight upon reading about the work of the morally superior and their efforts to make torture palatable.