Daily prompt: The moral dichotomy of fiction versus reality


Daily Prompt; Can’t Watch This

When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

How can we possibly get a delicious thrill from fictional horror when two days ago, 298 bodies lay rotting under the Ukrainian sun while and strangers squabbled over the spoils…

When Israelis and Palestinians kill each other’s children, who only wanted to grow up somewhere, and to hell with what it was called…

When teenagers in Oklahoma can shoot a young jogger because they’re bored…

When journalists are ‘embedded’ in war zones, to ensure they bring us the best shots of flying body parts?

Yes, it’s all been said before, and who knows whether fictional fireballs and screen violence has inured us to the real thing, or whether we’re just naturally callous. The fact is that we accept it – with deep regret and genuine sorrow, but we still accept it. We cry over screen deaths when the actor will collect his millions and go home, but 32 children massacred in Syria last year caused barely a ripple on the global consciousness, and the Sandy Hook shootings weren’t enough to get the gun laws changed.

So think about this: what if it were your wife/husband/child/best friend whose decomposed body was now in a freight train somewhere in the Ukraine? Whose clothes and wallets and gold lockets and ragged teddy bears had been pawed over and pilfered by looters? Whose human dignity had been violated utterly and completely by strangers who cared nothing for the people they once were?

How many reruns of horror movies would you be watching in future?


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9 Responses to Daily prompt: The moral dichotomy of fiction versus reality

  1. It is offensive – what some parts of the human race are coming to (mainly a race to the bottom) and how it all doesn’t seem to matter or it’s all too hard. Good piece, Helen.

  2. bkpyett says:

    Helen, this is all so true and dreadfully sad. It’s hideous and yet we get swamped from day to day with more atrocities. Where/when will it end?

  3. Pat says:

    Very powerful piece – and distressingly depressing.

  4. ChristineR says:

    When it is overseas, we cannot do anything but accept it, Helen, else we do our heads in. We don’t have to like it. All I think we can do is to make sure this behaviour isn’t normal within our own sphere of influence.

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