Explosions at Boston Marathon...

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  1. The Ramzev

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    So I was thinking today. We all talk about Americans being desensitized to violence; I ask, is that really a totally bad thing. Total speculation here, but I believe a theory to consider; most of us see violence all the time on TV, on the web, etc. making us all at some level desensitized to the blood and gore. (hang with me here, getting to the point...)

    Most of us have also seen video of the explosion in Boston, what stands out to me is everyone runs TOWARD the blast, not away as one would think would be human nature; go away from danger. But, maybe the desensitization makes it easier for us as a society to assist in times like these because we're in a way used to seeing violence. If we only saw news from 6-6:30 in the evening and Leave it to Beaver was the norm for late night TV, what would the reaction be to an explosion? What would the reaction be to a man with both legs blown off help? Would there have been an overwhelming number of people who would also need aid due to simply going into shock due to never seeing anything to compare to this?

    This doesn't say that CNN and Fox should replay this stuff in a continuous loop as they do, but maybe it's not all that bad that we see it, let our mature children see it, come to terms with it, and maybe we'll have the ability to stay lucid and able to help in it if it happens to you.

    As I said, all speculation, thinking out loud (with spell check.) But in my mind, I have to wonder if the reaction of all those heroes would have been different in a sterile society.
     
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    Ram, I don't believe peoples reactions would have been any different whether this was in the 50's or now.
     
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    Actually, in cultures where explosions are more frequents (as ours will most likely become), desensitization is the defense that the mind uses to cope with trauma - and eventually, it becomes as ordinary as brushing your teeth every morning -ok, well maybe not that ordinary, but you know what I mean. Imagine how worn out we would all be if our reaction to anything violent was like the first time we ever experienced, or witnessed, violence. We would die of exhaustion! Literally! Desensitization is a sick, but necessary defense, for certain chronic situations.
     

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    Some silly photos from Portland's "Run for Boston", tonight. It was about 3 miles around our waterfront, downtown. Me, Brine Shrimp, and Mike. We didn't get a photo of Todd! Boooooo!
     

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    I ran out of time when responding earlier Ram so I wasn't able to elaborate, but I have some time now. People would have reacted the same as they did, maybe even more so as there was more of a sense of community back then instead of the me personalities we have now a days. Also, now a days we have more of these wack jobs that do these things than we ever did in the past. Not to mention all the medias constant looping of this crap which seems to be subliminally teaching people it's ok to do this. Look at how many things like this or the shootings we have had in recent years. It's becoming more common, yet no one wants to admit that the media is showing too much and making it too commonplace to see or hear about these things, desensitizing the public/children if you will. I am not anti-news, I am anti video and pics of these tragedies. It's one thing to hear or read about this stuff, it's something totally different to actually witness it, even if it is not firsthand. I remember back when the internet was just in its infant stages and my little brother found videos of people getting killed. It made me sick and repulsed, yet now we see that crap on the news quite a bit... Journalists say they want to capture the horror to try to show the world just whats going on. Unfortunately this has unexpected side effects too.
     
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    Is that your hubby, Jen?
     
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    hahahahahahahahaha!
     
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    Oh, Brine Shrimp. Is that your hubby?
     
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    I thought I read that Brine, Shrimp,... before, but then when I went back and read it again, it said Brine Shrimp. sigh.
     
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    Brine Shrimp is Jens husband. I prefer the way you worded it though for the three, Jen and the Brine and the Shrimp. Lol!!!
     
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