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Fictionalized violence. Does it cause violence in the real world? Hardly. Does watching Comedy Central make one funny? Of course not. Does watching The Natural make one a star baseball player? Don’t be ridiculous.
In my experience, violence is either a learned or innate behavior. People are either born violent or raised in a violent home. I was raised in a home with no violence. I’ve seen hundreds of violent movies. I’ve played thousands of hours of violent video games. I’ve read hundreds of books containing violence. Despite all of that, the last time I was in a fight was in elementary school. I despise real life violence. It’s pointless. It’s barbaric. It’s animalistic. I do not find entertainment in the likes of UFC, MMA, boxing, or hockey as a lot of people seem to. They love watching violence. They love watching people beat the crap out of each other. I honestly get a little nauseous when I see a fight. I don’t understand how it can ever come to that. I loathe confrontation. Sometimes, though, I understand that it’s unavoidable, but it hasn’t been for me for my entire adult life. To date, anyhow. Continue reading »