a reply to: Astyanax
I watch documentaries an awful lot. Many of them are about science, physics more particularly, since it interests me greatly to know more about the
function and workings of the universe around me. However, it is also among my habits to watch historical documentaries, many of which contain footage
of events which are being examined by the documentary concerned, where that footage is available.
Some of those documentaries feature harrowing images and film, shot at times of utter desperation for those depicted in them. Documentaries dealing
with more recent historical events, feature more and more moving pictures from the scene of the events discussed. Whether we are discussing the
famines, quakes, hurricanes or tornadoes which are the fist of nature striking out against the species, or the aftermath of war, there is a
documentary out there somewhere, looking into the matter.
I have seen videos of war, famine, natural disaster as it happened, footage from the front lines and footage detailing the aftermath of all manner of
events, including autopsies.
I do not watch those things because I have a perversion toward the macabre. I consumed that information for many reasons, including that one can
learn an awful lot about matters by doing so, but also because it does those who have suffered or died in harrowing circumstances, no honour what so
ever to forget them, or to avoid learning the lessons which might prevent more people suffering the way they did, dying for the same reasons they did.
I do not watch war documentaries because I adore conflict. I do not watch autopsies because I am aroused by the dissection of the human anatomy. I
watch these things and more, because I can learn something worth learning from them, and am not of the weak sort who cannot see something
discomforting without vomiting. Avoiding the truth because ones stomach is weak, does no honour to those who have fallen, teaches one nothing,
absolutely nothing about that which has been before.
In order to know a past folly well enough to avoid repeating it, one must NOT permit ones weakness to interfere with ones awareness, ones detailed
awareness of what has previously occurred. We have a responsibility in this age of information, to our ancestors before us and to those who will come
after, to make better choices, different choices, than those who have come before us, to make different mistakes, not the same ones that have already
been made to the detriment of all the peoples of the world. We have this responsibility whether we accept the fact or ignore it. I simply choose to
embrace my responsibilities to both future and past. This is not a moral failure, but a virtue.
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