Not For Me
Something happened yesterday that struck a dark chord with me. I was reading some short stories that a blogger had written, and I was enjoying them very much until I came across one that was totally out of character with the other pieces in the collection. It contained explicit violence in the forms of both predatory rape and domestic abuse. I have very strong feelings about both of these issues, and I quickly found myself repulsed.
I can accept a movie or book that incorporates these themes if done for the purpose of enlightenment - if there is a message to the madness, AND if restraint in depiction is used. I do not want to watch someone being raped, I do not want to see someone being battered, and I certainly don't want to read about it graphic detail if the sole purpose of the content is to entertain me.
I have been known to walk out of a room or a movie theater, or fling a book to the floor, if I find the violence to be over the top in terms of depiction and if done solely for the purpose of titillation, excitement or entertainment. Graphic violence is NOT entertaining. I am not talking about the cowboy shows or cop shows we watched as kids - none of us grew up to accept killing people as a good thing as a result of watching this diluted fare. I am talking about the sickness that has pervaded our society in which we are willing to spend our time and money being "entertained" by tales of such extreme evil and abuse that it makes my stomach turn.
If you have ever found yourself in one of these situations or something similar in real life, I suspect you will agree with me that when we read or watch graphic depictions of violence solely to be entertained we erode our sensitivity to the subject, and what should repulse us becomes common fare. I believe that in finding our entertainment in something so inherently evil we are distancing ourselves from our spiritual nature, and that every time a reader or viewer enjoys such fare the powers of darkness laugh.
I can only speak for myself, and I know there are many who will disagree, but as far as I am concerned graphic violence is not entertainment, and I hope the day will never come when it doesn't shake me to the very core of my being. Violence hurts.