Posted by Janis on January 26, 1999 at 05:14:54:
In Reply to: Re: Well, since you asked... posted by Champ on January 25, 1999 at 23:36:07:
: : Not to seem too Machievellian,but ... we may cringe at times when reading accounts of "cruelties" of yesteryear, but there were reasons for these actions.
: : Elaine
: One needs to step back, out of the present and look at these things from those peoples times.
Good and thoughtful points, but whether you look at events through today's or yesterday's lens, I think this is true: There is always a grave difference between executing those believed to be criminals, killing enemies in battle, and torturing someone. I doubt the human brain has evolved so far in the last 2000 years that we actually approach these frames of mind differently now.
Let's just face it, we are capable of great horrors.
A good morning to all!
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