Today I want to write about a phenomenon I’ve been noticing for years, but, somehow, it was just this week I began to draw connections as to why.
First, I want to illustrate what I’m thinking of:
In simple words, this phenomena is “a loss in the value of human life.”
I think, in general, in this country, maybe in this whole world, we humans have lost a sense of value for our own and other’s lives.
I mean, that we no longer feel life is beautiful, worthwhile, or important.
The most prominent examples of this would be, as always, in the media world.
Have you noticed yet how many movies (and anime, the other biggest genre in this country), spend a sizable chunk of their time trying to convince the audience that humans are worth saving.
Since I was a kid, I noticed the anti-human rederick in sci-fi cinema.
I bet if I asked you (assuming you’re in an English spelunking country) to name 5 movies off the top of your head where some bad guy from another race, or another planet, says humans are basically petty, garbage that they really don’t see any value in, to which the hero retorts with something brilliant like “Well, I say they are.” And then beats the crap out of the villain, who is still unconvinced… you could do it right.
Watch me I’ll do it now:
Wonder Woman ( Ares vs Diana)
Captain America (Red Skull vs Cap)
Justice League Animated movie: Crisis on Two Earths (Owlman vs Batman)
Avengers Age of Ultron (Ultron versus the Avengers)
The Matrix (Agent Smith versus Neo, pick a movie for that one, all three do it).
There’s more, but that’s just 4 popular, and one more obscure example.
I’d say this rend must have started in the 60-70s, but took off more in the 80s-90s, and is now a staple of pretty much every superhero movie we have.
And Anime has it in almost every arc, if it’s a shonen anime.
Makes me wonder what humans ever did to all the machines and aliens, it’s rarely other humans who are making this judgment call.
I mean, why do screenwriters feel so implicitly that other races would loathe and despise us on such short acquaintance?
Usually, i’ts because we’re “destroying our planet.” And agenda that is only held by some members of our population. Try pitching that idea in an African tribe sometime, they’ll give you blank looks. Those of us “destroying” our eco system, are usually the ones reaping the most benefits from doing so. Maybe we are in the West, but, that’s not a global reality.
And because we’re cruel, petty, and afraid.
Like, usually the aliens in question, and AI things, are not any less cruel or petty than we are. But they look down on humans like some self righteous snobs.
And then we get the protagonist speech. Like “I”m going to save humanity anyway, because… reasons.”
Like, the hero really can’t disagree with it.
Ever notice how tired our modern day heroes are?
You’d nee see that in the 50s-60s, heroes reveled in being heroes the way ballerinas revel in ballet, and artists revel in painting, and actors revel in acting. There was not this weariness to them.
Even Spiderman, perhaps the most iconically troubled superhero of the last century, spent most of this time enjoying his job. He thought it was important.
In my mind, it’s a disgrace to our culture that we can have a movie where Superman spends most of his time wondering why he’s even bothering to save humans. (Dawn of Justice.)
Like, heroes used to not take humanity as a whole and say “you all suck, so why should I save anyone.”
It was about saving the ordinary, decent people who need help, and sometimes, the not so decent people, because they were still people.
I’m not here to talk just about superhero cinema. But it’s one place you can almost always find this. Even my favorites from the last 10 years, that’s true. Some of the older movies, it’s not there in.
I now some of you are gong to be thinking “But humans do suck. They’re just telling the truth.”
That’s what my Dad would say, I know. I can still hear his voice in my head even after nearly two years of absence.
I have to admit, my dad is one of the main reasons I’m tempted to be down on humanity myself.
Though, I question what the point of having aliens and machines criticize us in our movies is, when, those things are not real, at least not yet, and really have no place judging us.
I mean, what are we going or replace humans with? We are what we got to work with. What’s the use of having alien critics? Thanks for the social commentary, Hollywood… the people who actually promote a sinful lifestyle so much you’re directly responsible for the increase in a lot for the very things you’re calling us out for.
Yeah, sure, it’s all the general populations fault.
Like, was it the 90s kids fault that the examples we subjected them too were so sacred up that they now have very little idea of how to behave? Or did we remove their chance to know what right really was?
But I digress.
Another place you can find this attitude is in pretty much every leftist work out there. I’m sorry if that’s offensive, it’s just something I’ve observed. Their books, movies, talks hows, always bashing on how bad humans are, and how we’ve ruined everything.
The level of disgust I’ve noticed since a kid with humans.
Why it’s int he flipping Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series, come to think of it. Maybe that’s where I encountered it first, even.
Whihc is liberal, byt he way.
Humans… we just cant’ cathc ab reak.
I guess it makes snes, we projet abetter personana onto ficiaotna l things, giving them what we wich we had more of as a race. Wsidoem, jsutice, Mercy, Intellignce., Bravery.
But often, what we create is so cold, and bitter, and disillusioned with anthhign in life that might give it pleasure.
Then we wonder why peopel are so depresed these days. Thsi is what they grow up having funneled into their brians bye ey balviale media outlet.
The hatred for humanity.
So, of course, our vlaue for human life drops.
Someitmes, I almsot feel gald when humans die in movies. And then I Catch myself feeling that way, and I think “Am I atually gald? am I actually happy?”
But, I’m an emopath, I pck up on the meotoians and intentons of people. I feel them like they ar emy own until I learn to distuirgns between what they are bradcasting and what I am actuallyt hinking.
IT’s aeasy for me to assume what I get form toehrs is just how things are.
But,I don’t actually like it when peopel die.
Coud it just be, that, when I watch the movie, I catch what they pople writign it were really feeling? What the characrtes are meant to emobidy.
OF course it woudn’t be accpetalbe to make our hero actually asupport gneoicde…but, if you give the vaillinst herse really convicng speeches bout how much humasn desre death or contol, and give the hro nkothing but burte strenght to anwer it with, aren’t you sbulimally letting the vilalin viepoitn win out? IT was never defeated, just silnced.
Why are peopel sypamthaizign with villains so much now?
And anien is even worse int his area than WEster Cinema. At least we give lip service to our ideals wevn eh we give nothing to back it up, but naime often falis to eve do that. The heors jsut save th day becaue they have a stonrg passion for thier firends.
It’s to the point where people have acknowledged that saving the world doesn’t feel like important stakes anymore
Saving the flipping world! Not important!
We can’t get invested int that, because, to us, the world just means the greed and selfishness driven masses that we are shown on tv. Not the individuals whose lives we might actually care about. We can get invested int hose, but not the rest.
That’s why superheroes always save their love interest, you care about that, you don’t care about a crowd of people, do you?
I remember that back in the day, in Westerns, just doing justice was enough, it didn’t have to be to save anyone. You cared because it was justice. It didn’t need a face. The hero wanting it was face enough.
But what hit me this week about the trend I’ve noticed for years and years, is why.
Why do we all feel humans are just the worse, and that human life is no longer valuable.
My theory is, it’s a deep psychological side effect of the choice we’ve made as culture since the 60s.
Let’s start with the biggest two:
Since the 60s we’ve taken parer out of schools, and tried to shut religions out of education, despite much evidenced to the contrary that it’s even a good idea to do so, and so education became more secular.
Depression rates soared after that, by the way. So did teen pregnancies. So did abortions.
Another change made around that time. Abortion became legal.
And now they say we abort 5,000 babies every minute, if I remember right, that may be an old statistic.
This even become legal is, frankly, and atrocity of the highest degree. We have the evidence now to know we are killing a baby, but we’re still doing it and the left will keep saying it’s a Women’s Right’s issue until that excuse stops working.
‘Cause we all know, Women make babies by themselves, and men nave nothing to do with it, so why should the man get a say in it if his baby is killed. (And while some jacks do pressure women to get abortions, many men have not wanted that choice and have been ignored.)
I’m tired of tiptoeing around this, if someone can’t see abortion is wrong, they are more delusional than a man who believes he’s a dog, and there’s just no use apologizing for that anymore.
I hate, by the way, how that issue is barely even talked about now. I heard almost nothing about it at the last elections. It’s not even at the top of our priorities list. We spend more time arguing about the rights of people who enter this country illegally than we do about unborn babies.
But how did abortion become legal? How did this happen? How did we get to this point? Is it not because we began devaluing human life?
I mean, at first, it didn’t work that way. They convinced us the fetus wasn’t human. But, now that we know it is, we’re still not worked up about it.
We just don’t really care, do we?
Even Pro Life people, have hard time getting as emotional over it as we used to, and we’re told not to.
We’re told not to get emotional about a baby being murdered. Like, that’s not something that deserves some emotion….Wow….
We’ve lost our minds, that’s for sure.
But we’ve also lost our value for life.
I almost wonder if it’s a judgement in some sense. Not that God made us do it, but more like karma. Like, we killed our own children in their country, so now our sense of value in even our own lives is dying away.
You ever notice once you start treating someone a certain way, you began to feel that way. And what you do to one person, you’ll do to another. A person who bullies one person will probably bullied another. A person who rapes one person will probably rape another.
A person who lies to you will lie to someone else, and likely to themselves too.
Cross one line with one person, you’ll cross it with all.
Maybe that’s why James said “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
Because that’s the truth. There is not “one time Sin”. There is only a sin that you do in one form at one time, and maybe don’t do it again, bu you’ll do something similar.
Of course if you repent that maybe not happen, but most people dont’ repent of that, they just think it’s not important anymore, it’s in the past right?
In the rape case, it’s doubtful that a rapist usually ever realizes what they did was wrong. If you can dehumanize a woman or man enough to take that from them, how can you go back? It wouldn’t be easy.
Interesting how signs of violation are sometime harder to let go of that sins like murder and violence.
I mean, many a person has murdered and then been horrified that they did it, and not enjoyed it. But how many people realize even as soon as they’ve done it that rape or molestation was an evil they should never have done. It’s like they block it out.
As the signs get worse and we become more immune to them, we come to care less and less if people die.
Thank to the news most to us feel people are dying all the time, all day long and we can do nothing about it.
Maybe our goal is to try to numb ourselves to the horror by watching horror. Watching gory stuff, and dulling the pain of feeling helpless by doing that. There’s reasons people consider horror a kind of escapism.
But Horror movies and shows and stories are not really an escape, because so many of them can occur in real life, and we’re only increasing the likelihood of it by popularizing it.
You know, I wouldn’t know how to shoot up a drug if I didn’t watch movies. I’ve never done it, and I never intend to, but I know at least theoretically how it works, I’ve seen it. Why are we so stupid?
We are still responsible for our own choice, it’s true, but, we really can’t keep denying that choosing to consume this stuff is changing how we feel about things..
C. S. Lewis thought that being taught how to feel was one of the most important parts of learning. He explains this in The Abolition of Man.
We live in a culture that is post Abolition of Man. We are trying to abolish gender, human rights for anyone we deem a problem (like babies), and any sense of guilt or shame over hurting each other over petty issues.
Do people feel guilty for rioting and becoming violent over the last year? Or are they proud of it?
Should we be proud that people died or got hurt over something that, bad as it was, didn’t have to affect that many people that way.
And of course, someone will say “Well, it should have. All these issues should affect all of us, all the time.”
I miss the days when people thought not everyone needed to be burdened with everyone else’s problems.
I mean, what are we all supposed to do about it?
It’s all just anger, that’s all it is. We can get angry, then what? Did it make us kinder? Smarter? Better people?
Or did we sell our integrity just a little bit more in order to make a statement.
Man, I think the media must just love how easily manipulated we are. It keeps them in business.
And valuing human life is just not even poplar anymore.
Almost everyone is struggling with depression now. I don’t think it’s just because we feel we have no right to live. I think we are wondering if anyone does.
I know that was a big part of my depression, and still is, when it comes back. I can’t find any pat of humanity I like when I think of what I’m shown all day long, every day, by media.
If I can’t value human life, I can’t value my life.
I want to value both.
It’s heartbreaking that we don’t.
According to the Word, God loved the world so much, He gave His Son for it. (John 3:16)
Jesus loved us so much, He died for us.
And what has humanity ever done form God?
Yet he loves us.
Do we understand that?
Many people express the doubt that God could really love such a messed up race as ours.
Well, we don’t deserve it.
But since when was Love based on desert?
You can’t find that idea anymore in the world. Once upon a time, we could. Frozen is the last movie I can think of, and Wonder Woman, that even broached the subject.
Why do our lives have value?
Because, God made us. Why he did, why he puts us here, when it’s such a mess, is hard to say, for us humans. But God knows best. Humans are the only tool he has ever used to mend the world with other than himself.
The Bible says we are partners with God in his Works. That is why we are still here.
I wonder, if we made more stories around that idea, if people would start to feel differently about it.
It’s not so hard.
I can get down in the dumps when I realize all this crap is going on, and that the barbarians of our world are the ones running things.
But, the world is temporary.
People are not.
I think that, turning back from this point of despair, is actually not as difficult as we think.
People who complain about their mental health usually are taking no steps at all to improve it beyond therapy and medication.
But what I found to be much more helpful was changing my influences.
I put some happier examples before me. I went back to books I loved.
I give this advice to other people now.
We need to rediscover what makes people worthwhile.
It’s hard with the constant influx of negativity.
We all talk bout it, but very few of us try to shut it out. I think we need space to just, think. Get in touch with Nature, with Beauty. With Goodness.
If we all did that, the media would have very little sway over us. I think they want us afraid to go outside.
You know, at least right now, people have as much power over you as you give them, provided you’re in a normal position.
I try to explain to my cousin how we don’t all need to think the same way as what’s in vogue.
Wokeness is just… ugh…
It’s come to a pretty pass when the people villainized in their country are ones defending the lives of babies.
Yeah, just stop and think about that sentence.
I mean, shoot, even if you think women have a right to abortion…why on earth would you hate someone for defending a baby? Isn’t that psychotic?
And the self satisfied attitude of the people…
But do we value each other anymore?
If we ever did. My knowledge of history makes me question if any but a predominantly Christian society has ever had anything like a real value for human life. We take it for granted here, we don’t realize how quickly it’s slipping away.
Or if we do, we don’t know how to stop it.
It’s hard, it should be intrinsic, not something we have to learn.
I’m still working on it myself, but I do believe that Beauty and Goodness are the best places to start.
As Paul wrote “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
We really don’t do that anymore, do we. And so we’ve lost our value for all the things that are valuable.
But, be enoucred, friends. Even if our culture is dying, Jesus is not going to die He’s beent ere done that. God is not goidn anywehre.
All Nations fall, and all peoples corrupt, but God is incorruptible. He will stay the same.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
In a world where nothign huamn is cerating excpet sin, peopel turn to God as a certianty.
We must hang onto that if we’re gong to not lose heart, it’s so easy to do that.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalms 27: 13-14)
Notice, he says the “goodness of the lord” not man.
I’ve been thinking of that, because this year, I really want to see the goodness of the Lord…but I think, I keep looking for the goodness of man. And that’s hit and miss.
I’ll leave you with that, until next time, stay honest–Natasha.