This is a very odd human behaviour I've wondered about for a long time. A large % of the worlds population ENJOYS disasters. That is, they don't
particularly enjoy the loss of life, or if it affects them directly, but they love to hear about tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and giant
fires. It's a weird makeup of human behaviour. I'm not a psychologist, but I imagine there is terminology for this. I used to get amused at some
Japanese animation where ultimately, the world was pretty much done it. They love blowing up cities and the world (as evidenced by their glut of
monsters destroying cities movies).
I've wondered why. I think it's one of two things. One, people are bored with their lives, and media these days makes it seem like stuff is going
on everywhere but where they are. They want something to break up their monotonous lives, even if it's disaster. The other is perhaps our nature of
surviving and evolving left us with an innate need to survive. Something to overcome. Maybe it's in our DNA.
People often don't just expect the worse, they often *want* the worst. Until it hits them. Then they realize that wasn't such a great thing, after
You can see it on a smaller scale every day. I watch the news or read the newspaper, and check out the weather station. They make it a huge deal if
we get 2 inches of snow, or if thunderstorms are coming. I opened a local news site and was amused that the front page news was a perhaps severe
thunderstorm that might pass through! Of course, didn't even drizzle at my place. But people seem to want this to happen.
It carries over nicely to the Internet. Gloom and Doom is the order of the day. While I believe in aliens, ufos, etc... I don't believe that evil
alien lizards in underground bases are eating us. There are so many negative viewpoints on why aliens are here. Why can't they just be a neutral
species that simply doesn't want to interfere in our day to day lives, or have any impact on our world, but still want to observe?
Why must our governments be taken over by power hungry socities, our economy must crash, we will be imprisoned and apparently beheaded in trains, we
are implanted, marked, and spied upon. It's nothing but bad news followed by more bad news.
Even when it comes to our government, I assume that they hide stuff from us because they feel its in our best interest. If they don't disclose their
knowledge of the existance of UFOs, I think it's because they feel that's for the best public interest. I don't necessarily agree with their
reasoning, but I think they have the American people's best interest at heart when they don't say anything (that, and they don't want to admit
they've been lying to us for years.
I've always been fascinated with the human desire to see disaster, and have the worst come to pass.