They say the torture technique called water boarding is so inhumane; it should never be used on even your worst enemies. The Americans, in the wake of being attacked in 2001, went mad hitting out at any one and anything perceived as the enemy. Their leader famously told the world: “You are either with us, or you are against us!”
In the process, a person, victim, really, is placed face up and held firmly. A smooth surface, like a piece of fabric is placed on their face as a blind fold and something is used to cover their mouth. Water is then poured on this cloth. Psychologically, the victim has the same sensation as that of a drowning person.
The Americans used this method over and over again because they realized it was getting them the information they wanted to go out and hit back against their enemies.
But this method got out into the wider world. Even when the justice system cried out and tried to assure the world that this process would not be used again, it is in fact alive in homes around the world. People are water boarding others even when they are supposed to be their friends. It probably has a strong hypnotic effect because they don’t seem to have the power to stop.
A man is drowning because everything he believed in a decade ago has been wind-blown. A new dispensation rules and the word out is ‘either shape up, or ship out.’ But he has nowhere to go; there’s no shipping out on this.
There’s no shipping out when you have made a promise to yourself that you will stand for as long as it takes. You could make promises to many people; to the government, to the clan elders and to the friends you grew up with. But the promises to yourself are the most sacred.
So when you are already over the bridge and all those bridges have been burnt down, there’s no going back. There’s no easy way back when the lines are showing in brows once smooth as silk. There’s no repentance from starting a whole new life and cutting off the old.
It does get hard. It becomes painful when you have no one to talk to. When no one will understand the language you use nowadays, it could become as inconvenient as waterboarding.