Caboose title = name(self, handle)Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-02-15 Member: 13597Posts: 4,708 Advanced user
...or why I don't give a ****There's a bit of crude language here, be warned.
Please read the whole article before posting, the following is just a teaser.
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|Picture a monkey. A monkey dressed like a little pirate, if you wish. We'll call him Slappy.|
Imagine you have Slappy as a pet. Imagine a personality for him. Maybe you and he have little pirate monkey adventures and maybe even join up to fight crime. You'd be sad if Slappy died, wouldn't you?
Now, imagine you get five more monkeys. Tito, Bubbles, Fluffy, Marcel and ShitTosser. Imagine personalities for each of them. Maybe one is aggressive, one is affectionate, one is distant and quiet. And so on. They're all your personal monkey friends.
Now imagine a hundred monkeys. Then a thousand.
How long until you can't tell them apart? Or remember their names? At what point, in your mind, do your beloved pets become just a faceless sea of monkey? If you get enough monkeys, you'll eventually have enough that you no longer even care if one of them dies.
Now, each of these monkeys is every bit the monkey that Slappy was. It's just that you don't give a rat's **** any more.
That first section of the linked article pretty much sums up the whole thing, but it makes a lot of good points, and I thought it to be a good read.
An example of this applyed to humanity is today's attacks in London. People feel bad, even sympothetic to those who died, but so long as nothing happened to you or anyone in your "Monkeysphere" you're not too terribly bothered. How many of you sat down and locked yourselves away to cry for the casualties you don't know? Would you have felt differently if it had been your neighbor, your mother? You may feel angry, but not because the people were attacked, but because your homeland was attacked, and countries are personofied. I felt national pride and some other emotions on September 11th as well.