Disagree with the end, stating that Huxley was right. Both were/are correct. Both ideas coexist in this world. Maybe one statement is more prominent in one society vs. another, but it does not make the other untrue.
“I don’t like gore. I don’t like disfigured human bodies. I don’t like “holocaustesque” images or experiments or stories. I don’t like the fucking weird disgusting shit the Japanese keep putting out. I don’t like necrophilia in “art”. I don’t like images of rotting corpses. I don’t like murder scene photos. I don’t like autopsy photos. I DON’T LIKE PHOTOS FROM SERIAL KILLERS PERSONAL ALBUMS. I don’t like images of people posing with pig heads, or of people wearing meat suits or posing nude with raw meat.
It’s not cool, it’s not “edgy”, it’s not “art”. It’s not “a statement”. Is this really what humanity is reduced to? Getting off on pictures of disfigured corpses and brutality?
I’m not numb like that. And I’m not sorry. it saddens me and angers me that people have no care or respect for life whatsoever. people have no concept of anything being sacred.”
I know that there are some people who do post things like these to be edgy and to be different. But for most of us, it’s not about that. These photos that you find so disgusting simply represent another part of life for me. Sure, it’s not the happy part, but it exists and I think it should be faced and recognized.
People die, their bodies transform into nothing over time. Someone who was once beautiful and vibrant is reduced to a stationary, bad smelling corpse that is powerless against being eaten by things far smaller than it. And that hurts, how we cannot stop this process. People are killed by other people. There are human monsters out there that we all would like not to exist, but they do.
People are bad to each other. Over the course of history, humans have done some horrifying things to each other, whether it be wars, murders, cannibalism. It is important to remember those things, so that we repeat them less and less.
I think people deemed disfigured by society are beautiful in their way. I think survivors of wars, of nuclear disasters, of any kind of suffering are. There is nothing more beautiful to me than human triumph over struggles and sadness. That to me is the will to live, that to me is a person full of life and an inspiration.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with posting pictures of the dead, if it’s done in a respectful way. And yes, there is a respectful way to do it. If it is posted with information and without painfully unfunny comments, then people should be able to see what the dead look like. People are curious about death. Why not face it head on? It is coming for all of us anyway. To top that off, the media (specifically Western media) shields us from seeing things like these whether we want that or not. Death is rarely shown on TV, in newspapers. I would rather decide for myself if I want to see it or not.
It doesn’t make us numb to fill our blogs with things like that. I assure you that people who post that kind of stuff do not “get off” on it. It’s just understanding that there is a horrifying side to humanity, and trying to understand it.
In November, 1930, a fur trapper named Joe Labelle made his way on snow shoes to an Eskimo village on the shores of Lake Anjikuni in northern Canada. Labelle was familiar with the village, which he knew as a thriving fishing community of about 2,000 residents. When he arrived, however, the village was deserted. All of the huts and storehouses were vacant. He found one smoldering fire on which there was a pot of blackened stew. Labelle notified the authorities and an investigation was begun, and which turned up some bizarre findings: no footprints of any of the residents were found, if they had vacated the village; all of the Eskimos’ sled dogs were found buried under a 12-foot-high snow drift – they had all starved to death; all of the Eskimos’ food and provisions were found undisturbed in their huts. And there was one last unnerving discovery: the Eskimos’ ancestral graves had been emptied.
Some people have suggested that mental illness is a kind of adaptation to the sort of circumstances that will arise in the future. As we move towards a more and more psychotic landscape, the psychotic traits are signs of a kind of Darwinian adaptation. - J.G. BALLARD