A crucial question, in German: "Gretchenfrage"
The sad background:
The purpose of waterboarding is to be brought to the edge of existence in a targeted manner. Behind this is the suppression of the will and the forcing of desired statements. Apparently the world views of the tortured and the person who commissioned the torture do not match. Attempts to find a consensus through dialogue have either not taken place or have failed. Therefore, torture is the last resort before killing - with a planned deterrent effect on those of similar thinking. At the same time, their anger potential increases due to the cruelty of the measure. Violence creates counter-violence. Elsewhere people are burned. Physical violence has a reciprocal counterpart in mental powerlessness.
Before it could get that far, numerous steps were disregarded. A prerequisite for a dialogue at eye level is knowledge of one's own cultural location and that of the other person. If only one of the two has not this knowledge, a consensus can hardly be reached, but much more importgant are equivalent living conditions. Permanent oppression, even in small doses, leads to a division of society over long periods of time. The usual identifying features are: skin color, gender, nationality, religious affiliation, prosperity, access to food and education including the freedom for personal development. In addition, there are natural disadvantages such as physical and mental illnesses as well as differences in cognitive abilities.
Just looking at mankind from a distance makes the underlying principles spanning several epochs clear. That requires interest in the true sense of the Latin expression: inter = between, and esse = to be. The paradox is that being there is a natural fact and only disinterest leads to isolation. Consistently thought further, disinterest would be an expression for suicide. Regardless of the political form of government, disinterest can be a majority, but it is only in relation to a separate geographical area, because foreign opinions are regularly disregarded. Globalization has not yet taken place at the ballot boxes.
This outlines the general conditions with which the humanities have to do. The previous description alone is uncomfortable for those who are not interested and a brake on fun for those who do not want to experience what their lifestyle causes elsewhere. It is easier to overlook it and well-being makes it easy, while personal harm leads directly to reality. At the latest in retrospect, it becomes clear how unworldly some worldviews were.
The same experiences are made by those natural sciences that deal with climate research or species diversity. They also report on a homo sapiens who strives for something different than the framework conditions allow and experience the ignorance of their findings as an independent phenomenon, the analysis of which does not fall within their field of expertise.
What is new now, as the climate does not know political boundaries, is that the consequences of acting on one's own doorstep are felt and must be fought by other than military means. Therefore, the expression combating is completely inappropriate, because the matter is about consideration - more precisely: about the consideration of contexts that were previously out of interest. Even if one does not want to assume that nature has an intention, it is currently switching to waterboarding and scarfing and would be able to deprive people of their livelihood.
Now to the crucial question, in German "Gretchenfrage"*:
What does this have to do with theory of harmony?
© Aurelius Belz 2021
* "The german word "Gretchenfrage" is a generic term referring to a direct question going to the core of a problem to reveal the intentions and attitudes of the person asked. It is usually uncomfortable for the person asked because it is intended to induce him to make a confession that he has not yet made. The origin of the concept and term lies in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's tragedy Faust I. In it, the character Margarete, known as Gretchen, poses such a question to the main character Heinrich Faust." (Wikipedia)