This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Torture

Once we have acknowledged that evil may not be done for the sake of any greater good, many contemporary debates evaporate immediately. Arguments for abortion and dishonesty were two such instances—arguments in favor of torture are a third. Torture is constantly defended in the public sphere, usually on the basis of fantastic scenarios of cataclysmic proportions, in which a “ticking time bomb” is about to wreak havoc on a civilian population, and only the application of torture to a captive is likely to reveal its location. Now at this point we could summon the testimony of any number of experts in the field, as well as historical examples, all of which would confirm for us that torture is simply not effective, regardless of the good press some circles would give it. But we need not engage in such research here because even if torture were proven effective—which we must not grant—it would still be illicit and intrinsically evil[1] by the fact that it rejects the dignity due to the person, a dignity which cannot be surrendered by the person and which does not depend on any action on their part.[2] The use of methods such as torture to coerce the will treats the human being as a means rather than an end, which the Church unfailingly rejects as a permissible attitude.[3]

[1] VS, 80.

[2] VS, 90, 92.

[3] VS, 48.

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