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.