As I’ve mentioned before, my father was violent. And hence I grew up having a phobia of men, which over the years dissipated for the most part. Friday night, however, we saw a movie- Divergent- which touched some sensitive nerves.
There were two things that made me walk out before the movie’s end.
1)The graphic violence of boys/men hitting girls/women.
2) The explicitly apparent abuse of a father beating his son.
I’m not saying that by watching this type of thing you’re going to go out and abuse someone, I’m saying that brutality is savage and barbaric. It desensitizes you to the horror of such behavior and to the feelings of real victims.
Why does that bother me so much? Some people roll their eyes when they find out just how strongly I feel about violence in video games and movies. I’ve heard these phrases many times, “oh Tasha” they say, “it’s only violence” or “it’s not real”. And those people don’t get it- obviously most have never felt or seen that kind of pain first hand.
If you can watch or participate in violence without flinching either 1) you’ve been beaten so much you’re past pain. or (more commonly) 2) you’ve numbed your soul to the extent where you are apathetic to other people’s suffering.
Bold statements? Yes. But I am waiting for someone to prove me wrong.
Look into your soul, and tell me that you are sensitive enough to notice those around you who are abused. Look me in the eye and tell me that when you see two people fighting that YOU are sensitive and courageous enough to break them up. Those types of people are rare nowadays.
Violence is anything but sensitivity. Violence is anything but Holy. And by absorbing it through your eyes and ears from a screen, not only makes you sadistic on some level, it makes you less able to feel the Spirit of God, and less able to care for other’s needs.
Thinking that watching violence won’t affect you is naive.
Bold? Perhaps. But I am waiting for someone to prove me wrong.
Stop saying “it’s only violence.” Turn it off. Look into your soul, and think about what is right and good. Fill you mind, heart and time with better things.
Comments? Feel free.