alright. i’m tired.
tired of seeing killing everywhere as if nothing. in movies, in games, in shows.
of course we as a group made sure killing comes with punishment in our laws and constitutions (unless it’s for war or self-defense, we have agreed, apparently). but despite of that, we assume certain people will just still kill regardless. WE the good people in the other hand don’t do it. but i wonder how much of that has to do because we found it repulsive to our morality, and how much with the fact it’s something not convenient to do… cause after all, why would we otherwise need of a law to prevent it in the first place?
and so, games, movies and novels, and all of the other products that allow us to fantasize with all the things we cannot do in real life, are full of killing for us to consume in daily basis. indeed, they fulfill our fantasies. and indeed we do devour killing as if it was pop corn though these products.
now, why does killing has this privilege over other forms of horrific abomination such as, say, rapping? aha! imagine this scenario:
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 published 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 yep 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 for sure. that’s what heroes do apparently, kill. and not once or twice, but repeatedly all along the movie, although their actions are 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 their sweet popcorn. please note that 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 killing an exception? what’s so special about it? 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, which is conveniently backed in the very primitive instincts we still carry with us. so self defense is an obligation. and the way we present it is that, unlike villains, heroes kill only because they have to… and so you do in the narrative of games when you become the person protagonist of one. so perhaps it’s all just a way to prepare us to accept war under the excuse of self defense. cause, you know, there’s lots of dangerous stuff out there in fact in this world, such as villains, zombies, aliens, orcs, pirates, muslims, brown people, french people, etc. there’s a word for all of them as an idea – “enemies”. and of course, enemies are to fear. coincidentally, no other society in this world lives in fear as this one, the one that produces killing games and movies the most.
in short, it seems to me the fact that killing has this privilege in our social lives and morality is due to the interest there is in us all living in fear and hence justifying it. which i think this is fucking wrong, in too many ways.