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Unnatural Deaths Cause Far Bigger Changes in Human History

I have always found the typical reactions of most humans to ‘big’ events as bizarre and irrational. While I can think of many examples, including those listed in some of my previous posts, one stands out.

The human reaction to death is dependent on their perception of cause.

Note that is said “perception of cause” not “facts of cause” or “cause”. The way people react to death is almost totally dependent on what they believe based on their mental model of reality. Case in point- deaths from warfare have had a much bigger impact on human history than those caused by epidemics or other “natural” causes. Let us consider the casualties and impact of two events which occurred within the last 100 years.

WW1 began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. During the course of that war- 8 million were killed, 7 million were permanently disabled, and 15 million were seriously injured. Following WW1 the world was ravaged by the Influenza pandemic of 1918 which very likely began in the trenches during the later stages of WW1. It killed between 50 and 130 million people making it one of the, if not the, most deadly “natural” disasters in human history.

My question is- Why did WW1 have a far bigger impact on human history than the Influenza pandemic of 1918 though the later killed far more people?

The effect of cause of death on impact and perception can be seen throughout human history, right down to the present day. People will remember the casualties caused by some guy shooting up a theater, summer camp of flying into tall buildings far more vividly than the same number of people dying through individual homicide, car accidents, drug overdoses, suicide, medical neglect or just plain stupidity in the same amount of time. As another example, far more people die yearly from the lack of timely medical care in the USA than those who got killed on 9/11– but we don’t seem to care about them. However the 3,000 odd people who died on 9/11 were enough to convince retards (americans) to support wars and agencies which have cost them trillions of dollars, made their lives shitier and not yielded any real or substantive benefits.

It is as if any real change in human history, good or bad, requires a significant number of “unnatural” deaths.

I will write a bit more about this topic in an upcoming post.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    August 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    “Unnatural death” schools people as to what a natural death is,
    this in turn is used by government and the media to glorify certain types of death as heroic.
    Sell death properly, and governments get willing sacrifices for a select few manipulators.

  2. May 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Speaking of 9/11, remember the associated anthrax scare? A total of 4 people died, but like the WTC attack itself, it prompted the creation of new agencies and the expansion of existing government powers. BTW, the anthrax in question was proven to be American-made.

    Meanwhile 512 people die every year from slipping on tile flooring. Tile floors kill more people than anthrax, yet nothing is done about that except reminding people to be more careful.

  1. August 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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