I was watching the Tudors the other day, and they were showing a torture scene. That got me thinking, when did people become so cruel and twisted as to want to cause another person pain? The first weapon was hardly a weapon to begin with, rather, they were tools used as defense against creatures trying to eat them and to slay creatures they wanted to eat. If you go by the Bible, the first weapon was a rock that Cain used to slay his brother, Able, out of jealousy of his sacrifice to God. That's a whole other story.
It's my guess that man started killing man for things like jealousy, greed, anger, and transgressions like theft, murder, etc. When swords were invented, a swift thrust to the heart or a clean beheading was the most humane way to go. What gives me the creeps is that people not only continued to develop and improve "killing machines," but they also invented ways of torturing their fellow human beings.
Torture was introduced as a means to control people, give them a punishment to fear, encourage them to confess things in interrogations that may or may not be true and more. I just cannot fathom the joy a person could find in inventing and/or using these things to cause pain in another human being. Doesn't it make you cringe inside? What sort of monster would get off on someone else screaming in agony? The downfall of society, that's who.
I think the more people are out of touch with their true selves, the more they are prone to turn to things like violence to get their "point" across. You don't really hear about the American Indians torturing people. When someone committed a grievance, they were usually banned from the area and had to fend for themselves. That sucks, yes, but it's not like pulling their fingernails and teeth out!
Here's a list of the Top 10 Gruesome Medieval Torture Devices:
The Head Crusher - This device featured a cap that fit over your head with a type of screw attached to it. Your chin rested on a bar, and the cap was screwed down tightly and slowly so that your head was literally crushed. The pain was excruciating and slow.
The Cat's Paw, AKA the Spanish Tickler - Often attached to a handle, this device was used to rip and tear flesh away from the bone.
The Knee Splitter - Aretty easy to imagine, it was two spiked wooden blocks linked together that were used to split people's knees. It could also be used on arms.
The Scavenger's Daughter - An A-frame shaped metal rack in which the head was strapped to the top point of the A, the arms at midpoint and the legs at the lower points. It was essentially the opposite of the Duke of Exeter's Daughter (AKA the Rack) because, while the Rack stretched the body, the Scavenger's Daughter compressed it.
Judas Chair - Essentially a very pointy block of pyramid-shaped wood on a stool frame. The person is lowered so that his/her weight rests on the point, whether it's in the vagina, anus, under the scrotum or under the coccyx. The pressure could/would be increased from zero to total body weight, and the person might also be rocked on it.
Spanish Donkey - Really looks like it sounds - a wedge-shaped board connected to two cross-beams. The person was placed naked on the board with various amounts of weight attached to their feet. Sometimes, as a result of the amount of weight put on the feet, the person would be split in two by the board.
Choke Pear - Something like what your GYN uses, only metal with three VERY point prongs and a larger opening capacity. It was used in the mouth, anus or vagina and often resulted in death as it ripped through whatever it was placed in.
The Lead Sprinkler - Something that looks kind of like and evil baby rattle, but was filled with molten metal, often lead, and was then sprinkled or shaken over the tied up person.
The Breast Ripper - It was used red-hot to mark the breasts of unmarried mothers. Otherwise, it was used hot or cold to turn women's breasts into bloody masses. A variation called the Spider consisted of metal prongs attached along a wall that a woman was dragged across repeatedly until her breasts were torn off.
Crocodile Shears - These were used to rip the penis off of men who had attempted or were accused of attempting to assassinate the king.
Other notorious devices included thumb screws, the Iron Maiden, and holding people under water. Psychological torture has also been used, and, while leaving the person physically unharmed, their mind is in deep pain. Rape and other sexual methods have often been used for torture. Tickle torture (don't laugh) is less known, but is a valid form of torture.
What causes people to do things like this? I'm really not sure. I don't know how war is supposed to be any less humane than these sick devices. War is like a race to invent the machine that will do the most harm and "win the war." No war is ever won when there is death.
I almost wish we could have a redo, a chance to start over. Rid the world of the evil and the stupid and just start afresh. I know it isn't possible, but we can all dream, can't we?
The war in Iraq? Useless. The conflicts overseas? Retarded. I know that sometimes you have to go to extreme means to stop a monster, but if war and torture and the drive to hurt others didn't exist, WWII wouldn't have happened. 09/11 wouldn't have happened.
Look into your heart. Could you really take a knife and stab someone else? People aren't natural killing machines. I almost believe the people that invent torture devices and use them, along with war machines, have no heart. As that engineer puts the final touches on the new tank design, does he not think about the father and the mothers and the babies that machine will kill?