This reminds me of the escalation in public entertainments in the circuses of ancient Rome. To keep the audiences titillated, ever more violent ways of killing had to be devised. Ever larger numbers of exotic animals had to be killed. We are in a similar titillation spiral.
The violence that causes trouble is acceptable violence; the violence so ordinary it goes unnoticed; the violence so mundane it does not even make it to the evening news.
The violence we focus on is the violence of extreme hate and emotion. Only the freakish makes the headlines, yet it is the institutional ordinary violence and callousness that kills by the millions.
The level of acceptable violence continually escalates.
We now treat mass murder and nuclear war as light entertainment and suitable video game themes for toddlers. If you train children to accept murder as commonplace, why be surprised when they grow up to be murderers? People learn mainly my emulation. A child will see far more acts of murder than lovemaking or even likemaking on the television.
I wonder if thousands of white Americans were killed during a raid on Beverly Hills to catch a terrorist if it still would not matter. Americans are so used to Hollywood white-hat black-hat they refuse to assign any value to the life of non-Americans.
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