Today's post is inspired by this video. How do you ask? Well there are a lot of concepts detailed in this post that poke the brain. If you watch the video, you learn that Dopamine is released not only when we are happy, but when we are scared. This could explain why many enjoy scary movies or attractions. It could also explain why we tend to seek out potentially harmful or dangerous situations.
As far as cultural implications, it may explain why we romanticize violence in much of our media and entertainment. There is no way to say whether this is right or wrong, but there is something to be said for how we treat our every day lives based on this concept. We are far more likely to be driven away from this morbid curiosity based on social taboo. Pressure from others causes us to believe that this curiosity is a bad thing.
That simply because the things we are curios in are deemed as "bad" or "dangerous" or even sometimes "psychotic", we shouldn't explore that curiosity. I think many of us choose to explore that curiosity regardless of those taboos, but then we also fear for the social ramifications if others find out we share that morbid curiosity.
Strangely enough, we've all had times where we can't look away from something we thought was repulsive. Sadly, the most recent memory of something I couldn't tear myself away from was one of the ISIS beheading videos. It was something I felt the need to watch, in order to understand the extremes people will go through in order to obtain their political goals. It's terrifying, stomach churning, and downright repulsive.
Before you ask, the gore didn't bother me. What bothered me was knowing that a man was losing his life before my eyes, while another was taking one and was seemingly unphased by it. It begged so many questions about what the executioner was feeling, and what the victim must have endured before and during that moment knowing this was happening. I certainly didn't enjoy thinking these things, but it felt important to know and understand this as best as I could so that I might truly understand the ramifications of people's political goals.
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who braved watching one of them, but I'm also pretty sure many couldn't do it for fear of that understanding. In this case, it's important to remember that there is a reason some of us are driven to watch these kinds of things. Not just because of personal understanding, but also because we're somewhat hardwired to do it. This certainly isn't common every day practice, but there are some who make a living on it.
With Halloween around the corner, this is the perfect time of year for many to explore this morbid curiosity. The holiday itself has strange origins, however one theme has remained true throughout it's history and that's a fixation on the dead. No wonder Zombies seem to be the main theme of the holiday, considering it was once a day to remember the dead and fallen. Now, it's about costume parties and candy, with a much softer side for younger kids to enjoy and the parents to schedule dentist appointments.
Since this is now the time of year to exercise this wonderful curiosity, I suggest many of you seek out something that seems a bit scary and unknown to you. Not just horror movies or haunted houses, but real ideas and concepts that are foreign to you now. Like what you ask? Here's a little something.