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Insensitivity in the general polity

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Submitted by Doug Schulek-Miller (Canada), Nov 14, 2015 at 19:24

Over the last 55 years, people in most countries have witnessed events that appalled them as they should, most notably the horrific ones mentioned in this article, but many others leading up to this. One of the things researchers have learned from children playing violent video and computer games is that the greater and longer the exposure, the greater the likelihood of what might be an inuring to violence, horrific and immoral murders, and the commission of same as the child is desensitised to such feelings of outrage and horror as expected in the humane response to physical violence.

On a larger scale, the gross romanticisation of violence in films and on western television may do the same for the larger audience. Combined with with the politicisation of almost every aspect of human life in the west over the last 20-30 years and you have the perfect set of indoctrinated insensitive criteria to make mass murders a ho-hum affair if it hasn't struck anyone close to you.

This may be decried as poppycock by the collectivists that have brought humanity to this state of bewildered nonchalance, but the expected reactions of the press, governments, and the public to these outrages will be far from the human reactions apposite to such degrading and inhumane acts. Indeed, sir, the politics will govern public statements, but isn't the shocking tedium apparent in those statements an insult to us all and this thing we call life?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Research by Steven Pinker and others points to a secular decline in violence, despite ugly video games.

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