It’s been ages since I posted any Brain Bubbles! That’s not for lack of my brain bubbling so much as various other “real world” (ha!) sharp pin bubble-popping things intruding. I thought it was high time I returned to effervescence!
There are some older bubbles queued up — they’ll surface eventually — but I was recently struck by a couple of brain bubbles recently (to the point of serious bemusement in one case and serious amusement in other).
Not feeling like a long post, so instead you get a pair of tiny bubbles!
I was recently struck by the oxymoronic (emphasis on moronic) movie/TV warning of “mild violence” along with another warning about “brief nudity.”
What, pray tell, is “mild violence” exactly?
- Extreme force.
- Action which causes destruction, pain, or suffering.
- Widespread fighting.
- (figuratively) Injustice, wrong.
- (obsolete) Ravishment; rape; violation.
So… “mild extreme force”? How is “mild action which causes destruction, pain, or suffering” even possible? How about “mild widespread fighting”? The concept of “mild injustice, wrong” seems incoherent. (Don’t even get me started on the idea of “mild rape” even if that definition is obsolete.)
I’ve written many times here about the violence that we casually swim in nearly every time we turn on the TV or watch a movie. I’ve written before about a culture that has so lost its way — so lost its moral compass — that the constant, daily violence we absorb is just a form of mild background noise.
All this talk of gun control is pointless until we solve the real problem: That we are so emotionally immature as a species that we think violence is a form of entertainment. In the process we’ve become so desensitized to it that we don’t even realize how far down this road we’ve come.
Seriously. Count the number of deaths you see in a week of TV. Just consider the death and destruction that goes on in any “blockbuster” movie.
It’s a major cultural problem.
And the sickening thing — the deeply, horrifying, revolting thing — is that, bloody brains splattered all over the wall? No problemo. Naked people? Oh, no, think of the children (and easily alarmed adults).
Human skin, sex, life… bad! Shooting (clothed!) people… fine.
When I say how much I generally speaking hate people, it’s shit like this I’m referring to.
On a much lighter, more esoteric, note, I was also recently struck (but not in a violent way) by how much Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative matches the infamous quote handed down to us by our mothers and fathers:
“If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?”
Never realized our parents were so into fundamental philosophical outlooks!
(For those who never got into Kant, the Categorical Imperative is a way of parsing specific actions as being either moral or immoral. One formulation of it, in Kant’s words, goes like this:
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
In other words, consider just what would happen if everyone did it.)