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objective look at the virginia tech massacre; theories on how to reduce pain/suffering most efficiently
“I remember the movie Independence Day. I saw it. I didn’t want to see it. The premise struck me as ridiculous, from the previews. But then the movie became a huge hit, the runaway hit of the summer, whatever summer that was. So I broke down and saw it. With a not so slight sense of irony, my wife and I decided to see it. That’s how we bought the ticket, the way you buy junk food or sit down to watch bad television. You’re giving into something you’ll later regret, and this is bad, but maybe only a little, and really, what’s the big deal? It feels good at the time, and there are health benefits to be had from such easy, immediate pleasure. And so I’m watching the beginning of the movie with a semi-embarrassed grin, but really I’m waiting, because I know what’s coming, everyone does. About a third into the movie there are going to be some events represented that have never as such been represented in film: the sudden and complete obliteration of national icons. A bright beam and then instantly, boom, the White House, the Empire State Building, a Southern Californian skyscraper, all gone. Some of these images we had seen in the previews. At the time, out of context, it was funny. My limited fascination during the previews stemmed from wish fulfillment, from agreement, yes, please let’s pretend that powerful, hostile aliens come to earth and for no reason destroy the White House, because if they don’t have it coming, then I don’t know who does. During the previews, in no way did I identify with the victims of these special effects. I identified solely with myself, the spectator.”The End of Larry’s Wallet by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Her apartment began to take on a claustrophobic quality, and she retreated daily to a nearby park where she watched people walk their dogs. Something was comforting about strangers—it seemed like they would exist forever as the same, unknowable mass.