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Why Do We Do This.... It’s so Sick?!?! ?

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posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:05 PM
Most will do for fun as they are poor mislead souls that seek for the next event!
and also it´s fear! It reminds their big ego on the mortality of their very own body...

I wont say everybody does. There are people that want to have a look if they can help, too!

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:05 PM
reply to post by kevinunknown

Yeh you got me Kevin, you tricked me

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:12 PM
I would just like to say that people handle overwhelming nervousness and tension in different ways. I know that sometimes, in some cases, people laugh when they shouldn't be laughing.
This, hopefully, is not because they are cold and twisted, it's because they are overwhelmed with what has happened, and to a certain degree in shock.
Just basing this off of stuff I have witnessed, so I thought I should comment.

You have Another A+ thread here. Keep up the great work.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:25 PM
no, you shouldn't ignore it, but there is no need to gawk, either.

i hate to see things that are going to hurt me inside and stay with me - one of them being unexpected human tragedy.

on the other hand, i am a trained RN and worked for over 10 years as such and so i still have to look to see if they need help.
if it happens in my presence, which so far has been maybe just twice - once a bicycle ran into a van and i was the first person to stop.

but if help is already there, i look away and go on about my business.

it IS sick to be entertained on the misfortunes and disasters of others but i also think it is human nature, for whatever reason. no doubt something to do with morbid fear.

ICP has a song, How Many Times, that expresses this idea and it made me even more conscious of the inappropriateness of gawking.

How Many Times at youtube.

WARNING - profuse profanity! adult situations! raw truth!
view at your own discretion

[edit on 7/21/2010 by queenannie38]

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:31 PM
I could ask the same question of books, of the sky, of artwork, of flowers, of insects, ad infinitum. Why do we look at anything? Why would you not look? What would you rather do? Just walk by whistling? If paramedics were treating a patient on the sidewalk and everyone just walked by and ignored it, then what question would you ask?

Anything that involves other humans is interesting to a lot of humans. Humans are probably one of the only interests that almost all humans share. So an accident involving humans draws the attention of a lot of humans. Unlike other things which might catch the attention of only a small percentage.

[edit on 7/21/2010 by dbloch7986]

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by dbloch7986

I don’t really think you can apply it to those things because this is another human being we are looking at. It’s about preserving that persons dignity, a piece of art does not have dignity. How would you feel if you were to lying injured and strangers just watched you like it was something on a movie set. I think if you’re not planning on doing something constructive to help the person in need then you should not really stop and stare. So i would have not question to ask if people just walked by, because that is what i think they should do.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:47 PM
I slow down to avoid hitting a paramedic or banging into a cop car or something. I'll admit that I look, but never with glee or amusement. I always look to see if it's someone I know, how badly they are hurt, if there is anything I can do. Yes, there are a-holes out there that find other people getting injured funny, but personally, I always feel so sorry for them, horrified if they are badly hurt, wondering if their families will be alright.

If its a flat tire or a fender bender and the people are obviously in no need of help, I always avoid looking. I've been in a wreck, had a few flat tires and breakdowns, and I know how embarassing it is when people ogle you while driving by (although I appreciate the people who stopped to offer assistance).

Most people should thank God that there are actually people out there watching. What if you were in a serious wreck, bleeding to death and everyone just drove by without stopping or calling the police? My father was in an awful wreck a long time back way out in the country, one where he should have actually died. Someone (we never found out who) stopped and stayed with him until the ambulance showed up. The man told a paramedic that he saw three or four cars drive by ahead of him without stopping. Those people should be ashamed, and the man that did stop and whose identity was never given to I was alot younger when this happened and I always thought he must have been an angel.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:50 PM
Well I don't see anything wrong with that. People obviously have interest on what happened so they slow down to take a look. Why the hell do you think they loved to watch it? I mean would it be better if any time there was a crash everyone would just accelerate car and turn head away?

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:52 PM
reply to post by kevinunknown

I think you're wrong. Humans are naturally curious. It's obvious you looked. You're putting way to much on it. I'm think'in you
might have been the only one on the bus getting bent of shape.
Mods discard as insignificant.

[edit on 21-7-2010 by randyvs]

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:58 PM
reply to post by randyvs

Well you say that but it’s something we all do and i don’t really think we should. Yes i do it i am open about it, i like everybody else went home and said to somebody “you should have seen the crash on the motor way”. I might be putting to much on it, but there are some other members who have posted who don’t think so. If the mods want to disregard it as insignificant so be it.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:58 PM
We humans are a strange and fickle lot. We fear what we cannot control and death is at the top of the list.

@HHCORE is right. I know with me I search the cars involved to make sure I cannot identify them as belonging to one of my family or friends. The second thing I look for is the number of people involved; the severity of the incident and the number of emergency responders that have already arrived on scene. I know it is little different for me than for most of you because while I would never get in the way of the responders doing their job, a extra skilled helper on scene until the back-up teams arrive has always to date been appreciated. I cannot say this without admitting that an intense feeling of dread does encompass me each time and I pray that everything “is” under control and I can go on without getting involved.

Why do we watch horror movies, movies filled with blood and gore? Why do we go on thrill rides? Why do people play gruesome video games? These so called recreational activities are actually a surreptitious attempt to mask our fear of the unknown and of death.

We think if we stare death in the face often enough we will no longer fear it. Every time we look death in the face, in real life, in a movie or game, we are enjoying the fact that for that moment, for that second, we are still alive and grateful that but for the grace of God it was not us. As for the people that laughed, I am sure their relief was the greatest and at the moment for lack of a better outlet for their fear and pent up emotions, the laugh became the only way to release that energy.

I am sure you have heard the expression, “I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry”. In moments of intense fear and helplessness we tend to do one or the other but they both serve the same purpose, though those that happen to be present may find either reaction inappropriate.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:58 PM
Sick? YES..but a direct result of being desensitized.
How many graphic images do we see in a day? You used to be able to pick them out and remember them. Not anymore.
When graphic images are used for come to accept them as such, whether on a big screen or in reality.
Society is making us just as barbaric as we were hundreds of years ago.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 04:04 PM
I know first aid and CPR, I check out an accident to see if I can be of assistance. Just last year a young man wrapped his car around a tree, I was the first there and I held a cloth to the young mans face as it was cut. He was pinned in the car and was in agony, I talked to him until the paramedics arrived, firefighters had to use the jaws life to get him out of the car. When his parents arrived on the scene I talked to them and they were grateful that I had stopped and not just gone on my merry way. Don't be so harsh to judge people and their intent. Sure everyone looks, it isn't as if we see an accident every day. I always look for the car involved, it could be a family member or friend. I see by your posts that you had a good look as well - blood, huh.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 04:12 PM
I don't look trust me because I get a sick feeling in my stomach if I do but yeah it ticks me off when people go slow just to stare I want to ram my car into the back of their's UGH it makes me so mad.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 04:19 PM
reply to post by ohsnaptruth

I don't see where road rage is any better than looking at the scene. Makes ya mad, huh.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 04:26 PM
*clap*clap* your right friend,i dont know why maybe were just that way
i also have this feeling sometimes,i guess we just got screwed from all those tv's and commercialism and apathy.
its just that seeing other suffer,you feel better,couse you feel better when your not the only one suffering,you feel stronger,you feel better.

before i watched the movie "paranormal activity" and please dont judje my opinion from the way i write of my grammar (not from us)

and the main actor in the movie had a perfect life, a cool car ,a cool wife that he had sex all the time with and TWO MONITORS,he worked from home.
and i just went "^#$^$ him,why he gets all this and just have fun,while i work a #%# job being abused as a slave,i wish get gets HURT in the movie" and yea his demon wife killed him. and yea HE DESERVED IT!

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 04:46 PM

Originally posted by kevinunknown
Right I don’t know what this says about us humans but it’s pretty sick and if you say you don’t do it then you’re a liar.

ATS is the same, we love it because of the drama. I tried it out recently on the ATS chat i told everybody a dirty bomb had just been detonated in the DC metro system. The disappointment when i confessed i was lying was truly heart breaking.

I find this thread to be very odd considering you stated in a previous thread that you work in the mental healthcare field (or work with Mental Healthcare Professionals). And then you break T&C by posting lies in the ATS chatroom about a "dirty bomb". Maybe the disappointment wasn't that there was no bomb so-much-as that you lied to them. If you lied so blatantly in the chatroom, then maybe you were lying about your professional background too? Pathological lying is a mental illness. Maybe you should be banned from ATS? (according to your other thread).

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 04:51 PM
It's funny.

You just had a whole conversation with yourself. You posed a question and then went on to answer it. Do you even need us here

While it's true that some might find some sort of perverse joy in the suffering of others, I just think people are curious and are just gathering information. Surely people here wouldn't begrudge others for seeking out the "truth"

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 05:00 PM
People look for different reasons.
I'm sure there are those who simply wish to capture something that might be youtube worthy.
Regardless, the good news is that people are still intrigued watching blood and guts because it's not exactly something you see every day.

What would it say about our society if people just walked past the dead bodies as if they were chewing gum speckle on the sidewalk?

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 05:01 PM
reply to post by kevinunknown

We're fascinated by death, we're fascinated by pain and misery. Many would say we are desensitized by the media to think this sort of stuff is normal (blood, violence, etc) but I think those that say that are ignorant of our history. Human history is FILLED with war, famine death and bloodshed on incredible scales. Today's modern world, at least in developed countries, is dull and unexciting compared to the old world of danger around every turn.

So when people see something like this it breaks the monotony and sometimes reminds them of the fragility of life.

Its like a trainwreck, its horrific but you can't look away, curiosity compels you.

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