Week 4: Torture, Smorture! Away with the old I say, away with you (ranting in old English accent)!!!

8 thoughts on “Week 4: Torture, Smorture! Away with the old I say, away with you (ranting in old English accent)!!!”

  1. Hi J9
    I like the example you gave of what you learnt when you were in Grade 6. I agree that it is morally correct that you couldn’t choose who to save because each persons life is as equal as the person next to them.
    I agree that torture is wrong, and in these days, people do not get tortured anymore, they get locked up. I think being locked up is as bad as being tortured because I have watched many documentary’s on life in prison, prison overseas, and why people get sent to prison. It is terrifying what goes on in prison and the things people have to go through to be part of a gang to stay alive. Emotionally and physically.
    I like your ending picture- see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

    1. Hi Kelley=)
      Thanks for commenting…

      Would you agree with me that prison is the modern day torture?

      I’ve also watched a few documentaries where they have interviewed prisoners and they have given their side of the happenings behind bars, which includes being sodomized, beaten as well as denied privileges that they have earned. This is both physical and mental abuse. one could argue that they did a wrong so now are being punished for it. But isn’t the denying of freedom punishment enough? So than shouldn’t going beyond those means be considered torture?

      1. Hay J9

        Yes I agree that prison is the modern day torture.
        The mental and physical abuse that goes on in the prisons is very scary and over the top. But how would they decide where it ends? When is it enough?

  2. That’s a really good thought experiment about the people in the boat, J9 – of course every life is equal, and yet often we do feel we want to judge whether one life is worth more than another. In the Boat question, I do feel that as an older person (I’m in my 50s) in many ways my life should be right at the bottom of the list as I have lived for many years, my children are now adults, so instinctively I feel that were I in the boat I should say “Don’t save me, save one of these younger people”. As a young person, do you agree?

    1. Hi Wendy=)
      how dare you put me in such a tough position (said jokingly)?

      I think my mother would also take up that self-sacrificing stance.. but I’m going to have to agree-to-disagree on that point with you. On the one hand you have lived many years, but i cannot base my answer on the fact that you might not also continue to live 50 even 60 more wonderful years!
      I have had 16 lovely years with my great-grandmother (she lived till 100), so i still believe better days are yet to come.
      If the basis was age, then yes, i would agree with you, but i don’t consider someones life more important than yours just because they are younger.

      1. Great response and I agree that age shouldn’t necessarily be an influencing factor, although it might be. This is where the whole problem of *context* comes in. In one context, age may be an appropriate reason to sacrifice a life but not in every context. For me, this is one of the most difficult skills that we need as health care professionals…the ability to modify our decision making processes depending on the unique context we find ourselves in. There are no universally correct answers to morally ambiguous situations.

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