alright. i’m tired.
tired of seeing killing everywhere as if nothing. in movies, in games, in shows. we of course made sure killing comes with punishment in our laws and constitutions (unless it’s war or self-defense, it seems we have decided), but still, it is something that we simply assume certain people just do. I/WE don’t do it, not because it’s something repulsive to our morality but mostly because it’s something not convenient to do (hence the need of a law for it). and so, games, movies and novels, and all other products that allow us to fantasize with all the things we cannot be done in real life, are full of killing for us to consume in daily basis. and we do indeed consume killing as if it was pop corn.
now, why does killing has this privilege over other forms of horrific abomination such as, say, rapping? aha! imagine these scenarios:
first think of games. the most successful video games involve YOU killing other people as part of the regular dynamic of the game in order for you to move forward. and of course we are totally fine with that. now, imagine what would happen if instead you publish a game where YOU had to rape people systematically in order to move forwards in the game. ah, not such a popular game, to say the least.
what about movies? it seems super hero movies are back, and of course, there’s lots of killing in them. no nipples in american screens though – you gotta protect kids morals! but lots of killing by the good guys in these movies, the heroes indeed. and not once or twice, but repeatedly all along the movie, although always well couched between gags and laughter. ah, directors know it’s good to keep a balance between of humor and killing, if only to give some time to the audience to eat some popcorn (and this is not exclusive to hollywood my alternative-culture and off-system friends). now, we cannot conceive a hero perform rapping, for this is what villains do. villains also murder. heroes, kill. and certainly don’t rape.
so, among all the horrifying things humans can do that we have banned from the ideal of a good person, why do we make of killing a special case? why do we give killing such a privilege position?
it seems to me the answer is that we are trying very hard to justify killing when it’s for war or self-defense. after all, no hero kills for pleasure, it does it because (s)he has to… and so you do when you become the first person protagonist of a game. yeah, it seems killing is alright when we have to defend ourselves from stuff out there. cause there’s lots of dangerous stuff out there in fact, such as villains, zombies, aliens, orcs, pirates, brown people, french people, … Yes, there’s a word for all of them – “enemies”. enemies that we should fear.
in short, it seems that killing has privilege in our morality because it teaches us a very important lesson – that we have to live in “fear”.
and i think this is fucking wrong, in too many ways.