reply to post by BrianFlanders
I kind of agree, but I think it's a lot easier to say what you said when you DO think weird thoughts. People who don't normally think weird thoughts
will find all of this to be disturbing simply because you've expressed a conspiratorial opinion based on insubstantial evidence. I think that normal
people are just a whole lot more practical with their imagination and so when they're confronted by people who let their imagination loose, it can be
unsettling (or worse), like a pair of shoes that don't fit.
Weird thoughts can be indicative of exceptionalism or just diversity or isolation, but they can also be symptoms of an underlying mental illness or
absence of rational thought.
I have been thinking about this topic for a few days. In my case, I was thinking about porn and violence in books, magazines, movies, cartoons,
television shows, video games, sports and so on. I was asking myself, WHY do we desire things from our imagination or from fictional things that we
would NOT want to exist in reality? For example, we look for violence and disaster and sex and murder and mystery and conflict and challenges in these
fictional things, but yet if we were asked if we wanted those things to be real, we would have to say no. I am guilty of wanting things in fiction
that I obviously would NOT want to be real. So the question is do these things cause me or you or other viewers of fiction to eventually pursue these
interest in REAL LIFE? So if I like to watch movies with natural disasters in them where people have to overcome and survive, does this mean that I'll
soon want to live in an area where natural disaster is of greater likelihood? Or if I like to read murder mystery, does this mean that I'll wait
excitedly for new murder cases to appear in the newspaper?
When was the last time you watched a movie with blood and gore and wished it were real? Or when was the last time you saw a rape in a movie
(barbarella) and awkwardly felt aroused, but wished it were real? Or maybe you saw in a movie a man get pulverised in the face and wish you could do
the same to the guy next to you? How much does fiction reflect a inner desire for the real thing?
Did you ever play cops and robbers as a kid? I did. Me and a friend grabbed branches as stand ins for rifles and ran around in the woods shooting at
each other, claimed that the other was dead and wasn't playing fair! I also remember using squirt guns, which actually shoot something at your enemy.
I remember dart guns and cap guns and bb guns. I even remember we found an old rusted frame of a pistol and were so enamored by it we must have
studied it for several hours.
From my single perspective, I see few links. I want fiction to stay fiction. This is because so much of it's filled with chaos and conflict and
struggles and deaths. I believe that our imagination is a mirror reality that's only used to explore ideas, fears, desires, predictions, recollections
and so on. It's not meant to be reality. It was meant to prepare us for the good and bad. Someone who doesn't use their imagination will not be using
this god given tool, as I see it. Use it or lose it!
edit on 16-12-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)