posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 07:31 PM
I think the reality is quite the opposite. We - in developed countries at least - are sheltered, protected, nannied by the state, and 'softer' than
we have ever been in human history. In a lifetime how often does the average person witness in person a violent or gruesome death, or even a corpse
for that matter? But up to just a few hundred years ago gruesome death was a familiar sight; sometimes even a form of entertainment. Nowadays grown
men faint witnessing childbirth.
And take my word for it, photographs, video footage, and movies do NOT desensitise you to real violence, gore, and death witnessed in person. I grew
up watching slasher and gore films courtesy of my much older sister's misguidance, and they quickly bored me. Later as an adult I worked for a few
years in a profession where I got to see a lot of death. The first time I saw the aftermath of a gruesome death was a guy who fell from the roof of a
25 storey building - I felt weak at the knees and nearly puked my guts out. Watch UFC fights as much as you want, but when you get in a street fight
against a physically superior opponent your adrenal gland will let you know that you haven't been desensitised at all.
If anything, we are becoming ever more ill-prepared to deal with violence, compounded by the misconception that if we can watch it on TV then we can
understand and handle it.
[edit on 2006-12-24 by wecomeinpeace]