LOL. the Mythology one.
Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.
Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”
This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.”
This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
I was just about to mention Philip Zimbardo’s prison experiment too. You should look up the documentary, it’ll make you hate people more.
That look in her eyes absolutely kills me…
I’m not trying to say this makes it right or anything, but hear me out…
Think of this from an evolutionary standpoint. If a member of a population is passive, will allow anyone to do anything to it, etc. It is a hinderance to a group trying to stay alive against the elements and compete for food and just in general survive. Biologically it makes sense to take out that phenotype. I don’t know if I used that word right, but you can catch my drift.
Doesn’t make it right, no, but it doesn’t make us all these terrible creatures that want to kill each other. It makes us like e v e r y o t h e r c r e a t u r e on the planet. We are an animal, and things like this show how “humanity” is something we like to think we have up above other creatures on this planet, and although it makes us different, it doesn’t make us gods.
^^^ good words
keep in mind humans were around before morals and ethics were. human nature is just nature in general, as bad as it may seem sometimes.
but what separates us from other animals is the capability of conscious thought, empathy, and the ability to ask the question “why?” sometimes our first instinct isn’t the best action to take, but the fact that we’re capable of going against that instinct is what makes us different as humans. because we have this ability, we have a bigger responsibility to keep our actions in check.
but when you’re in a situation like this, when you’re literally able to do whatever you want with no consequences, you will do what feels right to you. what feels satisfying to you. and for some people, what happened here wouldnt feel wrong.
as creatures with a developed moral system, nature is scary! and human nature at its core is just as scary because it operates the same exact way. we’re just trained to feel a certain way about things deemed unacceptable. and unfortunately too many people dont take advantage of their ability to break things down and go “why shouldnt i do this” and ”is this really necessary”.
you can’t blame human nature for these things. human nature is a constant. its like blaming the sun for giving you a sunburn. the actual culprit is the people who dont think critically or take responsibility for their actions.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people about this recently, but I’ve sometimes teased people saying ‘that’s going to be you when you grow up’ or ‘what are you going to do when you grow up?’
Now I know that I’m almost 21, designated ‘you’re an adult now’ age but it’s taken me aback that a majority of the people that I’ve said these phrases to have more often than not responded with ‘I’m already grown up’.
I guess that people just don’t really see it the same way I do. I feel like people are always growing, that’s why we chart age on a continuum, you may reach 21 but you don’t stop aging then. Granted yes, ‘grown up’ is an implemented construct from our culture but still, it’s all meant in good fun. I feel like even when you’re at your worst, growth is the one thing you have left to aspire to. So you never really stop growing, never really reach grown up. And certainly not in your 20s, I can tell you that.
is it bad that today when i was working, i looked at my manager’s butt and thought
'he must have a hairy butt'
and kept working like it was nothing