At 5/20/07 03:33 PM, Abcde123 wrote:
In response to Inferno42:
You got fucking problems. Nobody gives a shit? Maybe you and your fucked up friends don't give a shit, but I certainly care and I know that many people around the world care. Learn some compassion and love...instead of being just a complete asshole and mocking the lives of those lost.
I think Inferno might have been playing on the same kind of emotions that Pigpen did right here. To say that nobody gives a shit sounds like a pretty general statement geared more towards pissing people like you off than actually expressing his true feelings toward the matter. And so goes the controversy. Shock value and all that jazz, people play on others' emotions, everybody gets all worked up and the authors revel in the attention they get as a result. Who says they care one way or another if that attention is positive or negative? I think the big problem here is everyone tripping all over eachother trying to reach the tip of Mt. Self-Righteous so they can hang out with all the other moral high grounders and feel better about themselves.
It's not necessarily that "nobody gives a shit," but rather a response to something that people are sick and tired of hearing about. Maybe if we didn't have to hear about the god damn shooting 24 hours a day for the two weeks after it happened, people like Pigpen would've left it alone. And to be perfectly honest about the matter, I really can't find it in my heart to care about it all that much either. I do feel some empathy for the people involved, but you know what? I wasn't involved with the thing and I don't know anybody who was... It's the same with the WTC and the OK City building. I cared for about as long as anyone could be expected to, but without any personal investment in the event, it was pretty easy to move on from... took about a couple hours.
Want to hear something even worse, but something that everyone here knows is true whether they're able to admit it or not?
People cared even less for the astronomical number of people who were killed from that Tsunami on Christmas Eve for all the same reasons. God forbid a model's boyfriend was killed though... we sure got to hear about that one; Oh, and the other 200,000 people I guess, I'm sure they all mattered a lot to us too.
Anyway, that's all starting to digress. My point is that when events get overplayed, people get sick of hearing about it and some respond in the same old fashioned "Fuck you" angst that gets us through our teens. Again, it's not that people literally don't care, but more so that they're responding as a kind of antithesis to an overplayed and overemotional tragedy that by all means pales horribly in comparison to a LOT of shit that doesn't happen in our pristine little world.
I've got a hamburger to eat now, and I don't even know if I had a point anyway, but I'm sure I've probably offended a few vegans now and should probably get put in jail, die, the world would be better off without people like me in it, go hang myself from a rafter, and go back to China... even though I've never actually been there before.
But yeah, hamburger to eat.