I was sitting with a group of friends watching internet videos…because there are a lot of good stuff being created on youtube right now. In the middle of this, a new addition to the group suggested we watch a new viral video that was “all the rage! “Everyone is tweeting about it”. Here’s the premise of the viral video (I’m not going to post on here):
Girl stands in living room and begins dancing. She steps back so that her whole body can be seen. She is standing in front of as door on one side and a glass living room table with lit candles on it. She begins “twerking”. She twerks around the room. Thens he gets the idea she’s going to twerk upside down leaning on the door. Her friend opens the door causing her to fall on the glass table and her pants catch on fire amidst screams of terror.
Flashback to me and my friends…a group of people aging 30+ who do a variety of different jobs. At the end of the video, everyone erupted in laughter. Some tried to act concerned, but everyone (except me) begin laughing and falling out of their chair. A few of the comments were: “that was great” “omg, that was hilarious” and “wow, it gives new meaning to hot pants”. The roar of laughing continued and continued for many minutes.
Story 2 :
I watching a youtube video of a group of people watching this same video. They all sat watching intently at the computer screen. You hear the crash emitting from the computer speakers. Then every person erupts with a roar of laughter! They begin to fall out of their seat, and continue to laugh on the floor till someone fumbles over in half cackle to end the video.
I was watching a very popular talk show in the afternoon where a group of famous woman conversate about the events of the day and the world. They decided to showcase this video that went viral. They showed an abbreviated version of this video to their millions and millions of audience and viewers. At the end of the viewing, the entire live audience begin laugh uncontrollably. The ladies couldn’t control themselves either and were lying on the table laughing and crying. After they wiped the tears of laughter away, they focused on talking about it. Most of them laughed and laughed as they spoke.
A few years back there was a video of a woman who accidentally ran as fast as she could into a bathroom stall door. It was a very very hard hit, and you can hear the crunching on the tape. It went viral and many people laugh about it to this day. I knew this woman. She didn’t realize the stall was open and cracked open her skull. She had to have stitches, and was in a lot of pain for many many months. Then when the video went viral she became the but of all the jokes and all of the chats. Imagine seeing your image of a mistake that scard you for life passed around everywhere including the nightly news. To this day, this haunting memory follows her.
When did we stop seeing people as human beings with feelings and emotions? When did we lose all feelings for our fellow human beings? Now we watch people get hurt and laugh and laugh. Besides Gangman style, the videos that go viral are usually of a person hurting themselves or injuring themselves to the point of needed emergency medical help. EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELP PEOPLE!!!!! Is it because there is distance between us and the people on the screen? Is it because we don’t know them so we have no emotional tie to it? Is it because, as scientist speculate, that we as a human race are becoming less empathetic and more numb of other people’s pain? Is it because the media constantly mixes humor and violence together so that we are taught from a very young age that violence is funny?
Whatever is the reason that we have been taught and we are now mainstreaming this type of misery of others on a national level into millions of peoples’ homes it is a starteling and precarious situation we’re in. Here’s a scenario….a very real scenario….
Your mother……She is an older woman (senior citizen age) and she is walking onto a stage . Her glaucoma and orthopedic shoes make it hard to see and hard to walk. She carries a cane to help her walking but her glaucoma has almost made her completely blind. The doctors are working on getting a surgery date but it hasn’t happened yet because of some problems with medicare. She is walking onto this stage to receive a very prestige award for all the people she had helped and the volunteering she has done for the community. As she walks across the stage to receive her award, she looses sight of where she’s walking and FALLS!!!! She falls sideways, as one would who didn’t expect to fall, but there is a cafeteria table there to break her fall, but she falls through it in a shower of splinters. THAT’S FUNNY RIGHT? hahahaHAHAH
NO! It’s not funny…it’s gruesome. It’s heart stopping. It has the possibility to be a detrimental fall that paralyzes her for life or possibly puts her on a machine if she doesn’t die first. It’s shocking! It’s sad. It’s a picture of our own mortality and our own road as we get holder. It’s disrespectful to be filmed. It’s horrific.
Beside the part about it’s “your mom”…it was a viral video that was shown on every news channel in the nation, as well as various other “funny video” shows. it received millions of views and it was re-enacted by various groups and digital artists. This is where we have arrived….
This is a call to action. A call for change. We can’t be this crass, this heartless, this disrespectful, this sad, this unsympathetic, this amazingly cruel! We, as a society and a culture, are not sociopaths who feel nothing. We still have empathy for those who are hurt and maimed. We still feel fro those who are in pain and are suffering. This empathy is what makes us humans. This empathy for our fellow human, animal, friend is the natural state. All animals regardless of the class or species, all are concerned with the pain and hurt of another of their kind as well as those who aren’t their kind. Crows actually have a funeral for their fallen friends. Dogs gather around a pack member is hurt till they fiinally pass. Big Cats stop hunting for a time when one of their pride dies. Dolphins band together to help a fallen or hurt animal.
Seeing other people get hurt and laughing or “a lack of empathy” is a psychological key to multiple brain problems and psychological damage.
WE ARE NOT THE THESE PEOPLE (without a diagnosis)
Now is the time for change!!!!!
The ability is in your hands…so what should we do?
1. Stop watching and viewing these kinds of shows and videos. (Lack of views…lack of posting)
2. Comment on these videos no matter where they are posted and explain how they aren’t funny they are sad and these people are seriously injured.
it’s time for us to start treating others like our fellow brothers and sisters rather than the disrespect we treat them with now!