Thursday, May 06, 2010

Crows and Ashes

Actually I got nothing much to blog about.
These past few days have been poorly spent playing chess, Left4Dead, studying and texting.

Speaking of Left4Dead (awesome game btw), there's been a sudden craze for zombie survival-horror games. You know what I think? Gamers today want the feeling of killing innocent civilians in games, but without all the guilt attached to it. So zombies are a perfect solution. I mean, they're already (un)dead right? And they're after your brains, so killing them should be okay, yes?

The world today promotes a sick culture. The act of killing, causing mortal injury and taking lives have become such a normality. You see it in games, on the TV and in the news. Society tells you that sex is bad, sex is immoral, sex is unnatural. But not killing, killing is okay. Killing is normal. Death is normal

I mean, a few years ago I saw this video on my friend's handphone. A group of terrorists shot a tourist in the head, then decapitated him and display his head to the camera.

My first reaction was: Oh okay...I've seen all this before.

It wasn't until I went home that I realised that I actually saw a REAL man murdered in cold blood and felt nothing. I was sickened with myself.

Even yesterday, a group of my classmates were laughing at a picture in a newspaper of a man with a funny expression on his face. When I saw that picture, I was shocked. The man was carrying a dead child in his arms who had been killed in a suicide bombing. Nobody actually noticed this. Even worse, nobody cared.

The youth of today have been desensitized to the horrors that the world has to offer us. Every tragedy we see is just another game, another movie. The value of human life has been cheapened.

The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions...a statistic
-Joseph Stalin-

This is one of Stalin's most infamous quotes during the era of communism. But these days, even the death of a single individual has become insignificant.

So can we really say that society has progressed forward?
Cause it doesn't seem that way anymore



Jasmine said...

You do have a way with words. And I'm glad you're aware of this, it makes me feel as though there is still a glimmer of hope somewhere :)

I hope it's not creepy that I'm commenting at a stranger's blog, whoops

Mark said...

Haha. Not at all. Thanks for commenting. I was feeling particularly depressed when I wrote this though. And yeah, do you have Facebook?

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