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    Just took a peek at the Darwin awards for 2012. Saw this little gem of a video.

    Should I laugh? I wanted to, so I did. If you did the same, then why did we?


    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Just took a peek at the Darwin awards for 2012. Saw this little gem of a video.

    Should I laugh? I wanted to, so I did. If you did the same, then why did we?
    I've seen that before and while I've laughed at several Darwin Awards, I've never laughed at that particular one.
    Here's why: It's tragic that in thoughtless anger, someone can end their life.

    So why did you laugh at it?
    Because it's as absurd as it is tragic that someone would be so willfully careless as to have such an obvious catastrophic result.

    Were you wrong to laugh? I don't think so. Just because I looked at it from a different angle doesn't make it any less absurd and by laughing, you acknowledge that absurdity. You recognize how foolishly ridiculous it was.

    My bias was in that I'm a person who is quick to anger. It's my nature and that makes me biased on that mans behalf. Granted, I wouldn't have taken it so far as he had, but I can easily imagine how clouded his mind had to be. That makes me see it as tragic where a person who may not relate sees it entirely as absurd.


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    No. I didn't laugh. I thought it was silly the first time he ran into the doors. When he started again, my heart sank.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
    "nature is like a game of Jenga; you never know which brick you pull out will cause the whole stack to collapse" Lucy Cooke
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    No. I didn't laugh. I thought it was silly the first time he ran into the doors. When he started again, my heart sank.
    Especially after the doors visibly popped out and you could see the shaft behind them.
    You want to reach into the screen, shake the man and clear his senses. But let it stand- that the video is available to our teenagers to see, to see first hand what can happen, without having to experience it to the bitter end themselves.
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    I can't help but wonder if the guy is/was developmentally challenged. I can easily see a kid that Neverfly and I work with doing something like this. He has multiple mental illnesses and when he gets upset reality, which has never been a close neighbor of his, goes completely awol. I could easily see him pushing on the doors to get in completely forgetting or never realizing how the elevator works and that if the doors are closed the safe compartment isn't there to enter. He may have assumed the doors were like any other doors, if you can get them open the room you want to enter is safely on the other side.

    I don't remember if I laughed the first time seeing it or not. I don't tend to laugh after seeing something multiple times no matter how funny it is so I really don't know in my case.

    but for the question as to why we laugh, I can only presume it is sort of a defense mechanism. No one wants to feel sadness or pain especially if it will do no good. If we allowed ourselves to feel deep sorrow and sympathy for every mindless tragic mistake made by people we don't know but were unfortunate enough to witness then we would all likely be in a deep state of depression and perpetual meloncholy. So our mind reacts to the even as if it were a fictional comedy act. It tells itself that what it perceives is too absurd to be real and so only warrants laughter.

    I have conciously taken on a position of apathy in regards to events in my own life in order to protect myself from the affects of depression. I don't think it is probably too far fetched to guess we do it subconciously in regards to the pain of strangers for the same reason.
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    It was the introduction of music. Impending doom music, like in Jaws, where you just know something is going to happen. I expected the shark in Jaws and in keeping with the aura of humor that surrounds the Darwin Awards books, I was waiting for a funny death. I don't really find dying funny. I'm laughing because it was, as far as deaths go, rather hilarious. Shot, stabbed, poisoned, illness, old age..... commonplace. Driving a wheelchair through closed elevator shaft doors is unexpected to say the least. If I was actually there I would not have found it funny.

    Did I react to suggestion? Was I subliminally seduced? Perhaps its the preamble at the beginning, the self selecting removal from the gene pool line, a comedic statement that predisposed me to laugh. I stole this from my little dictionary....suggestion: Psychology the influencing of a person to accept an idea, belief, or impulse uncritically. I was influenced to think that the deaths outlined in this book would be funny. It's not about the comedy of death but of stupidity. The victims are the last comic standing, and appeal to my sense of humor.
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