Let's assume, for a moment, that there's no social restrictions in play here. Let's assume that yeu're in a position where it would be considered GOOD to enact violence, cause harm to another person, and otherwise scar them long term, physically and/or emotionally. Let's assume further, that yeu enjoy it.
We all have our darker instincts, but where are they, and whot triggers them?
The question here, isn't whether yeu would torture or kill someone, but whot circumstances yeu feel would be great enough for yeu to feel it neccesary or enjoyable, or at the very least, satisfying, to do so?
Here's a few common examples:
- Death penalty to a criminal
- Torture for information retrieval
- Soldier killing another in a war
- Self defense
- Defense of a loved one
- Sacrifice someone yeu don't know for someone yeu care about
- Entertainment purposes (most of us aren't this cruel but never know =O )
- Sacrifice of one for the many
- Vengeance after someone yeu'd cared deeply about was injured/killed due to some act the one being tortured/killed (supposedly) did (may not have done so but yeu credit it to them with all yeur vindication)
- "justice" according to yeur personal moral code
- Strong political belief against someone who opposes yeur belief system
- Strong religious belief against someone who opposes yeur belief system
These're just a few cases, but really, whot would it take to make yeu break? Alot? or just a little? If yeu were in a country where torture was considered a valid form of information extraction, would yeu take this as a job and enjoy going to work every day? Or would yeu need someone to threaten yeur children or other close loved ones to snap?
We all have a breaking point somewheres, and if we didn't have our social restrictions and things we learned growing up from parents, or other sources, our repression of our more base instincts would have less to break through.
So where do yeu draw the line as a whole, and where do yeu stop caring?