Originally Posted by pimmelsau
could i have an amateur psychology take on the fact that the cat torturing videos upset me way more than the icepick video?
Originally Posted by CrunchyBlack
I'm the same way with animals and children. they are defenseless, I don't think its a strage or unusual attitude to have.
The more defenseless the victim, often the more visceral the reaction. We're essentially desensitized the fact that people kill people (adults) for a variety of reasons; most people are even willing to admit that there are circumstances under which they would kill another adult.
The helpless, though, like children and animals (particularly domesticated pet animals) are essentially taboo in terms of our perceiving them as probable victims - short of some sort of horrific kill one child to save 1000 scenario, most people aren't going to be able to fathom a circumstance under which they could ever justify the murder of a creature that is essentially helpless and of no threat to the adult perpetrator.
You see the same reaction when you talk about sexual assault victims - while sad, everyone acknowledges that adult females are at risk for being raped (simply by virtue of the fact that they are sexually mature and most often the target of sexual violence). However, if the victim is a girl, or God forbid an infant, the reaction is even more negative.
I have to admit the curiosity got the better of me this time, and I found and watched most of the icepick video (I didn't watch the end because, frankly, it just wasn't that interesting anymore). I'm not sure what's more disturbing - the video or the fact that I didn't find it particularly bothersome. There's really not much blood, and the picture quality is poor enough that some of the more graphic details are obscured.
I doubt I would have made it past ten seconds if the victim was alive and screaming, though.
If he's caught (and doesn't commit suicide), reading about this particular individual's pathology might make for a fascinating read. The blend of sadism and exhibitionism isn't necessarily unique, per se, but nobody is born this ****ed up.