Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Laughing At Pain

Last week I had a post that discussed a National Guard funeral detail that puts the "FUN in funeral."  Today I present you to the latest viral video craze.  In it, a father that is waiting to pick up his middle-school aged daughter is videotaping and laughing at kids slipping and falling on ice:

I know there is something that is hard wired in humans for us to find pain inflicted on others as funny.  If it weren't that way, the Three Stooges would never have had a career.  However, there's fake pain, and there's real pain.  There is a difference.

The guy video taping is an adult, getting off on watching kids fall.  It would seem to me that a real man would get his fat butt out of his warm car and perhaps try kicking some dirt or snow on the ice to prevent further falls.  Maybe warn kids walking by.  Possibly step up, be a man, and do something to prevent people from getting hurt.

Instead, this tool tapes and laughs.  

In less than a week, we've had two very public examples where one's need for social media publication leads to the pain of others.  Pain that could have easily been prevented from happening in the first place, if somebody just would have stepped up and done the right thing.

Just do the right thing.  That's all it takes.  Holy cow...

Maybe I'm getting old, but I found no humor in either episode.  All I'm left with is a lot less hope for all of us.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I also hate the "funny" video shows that mostly involve the pain of others.


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