There is an old French expression, “Plus ca change, plus c’est le meme chose,” which in English translates into “the more things change, the more they are the same.” Archeologists excavating in the Bursa area of Turkey discovered evidence of the existence of torture chambers and dungeons from 2,300 years ago. Pick up a newspaper today or survey the Internet and one encounters images and stories of human brutality that bring back memories of World War II and Adolf Hitler or Japanese soldiers going wild in the streets of Chinese cities. Of course, the Allies also enjoyed opportunities to kill and torture, although, on a much lower scheme of things. So, what did these 2,300 year old dungeons reveal?
There were hangman who cut off heads of people, and then threw their heads into a well while selling off body parts to relatives of dead people.
There were instruments of torture –just like we have instruments of torture in the 21st century.
So, what has changed in terms of human brutality? Just the numbers involved, just the numbers. We have always been part of the human race.
Question: Did our Cro-magnon or Neanderthal ancestors also torture??