People have always been fascinated by death. The more science invaded the secrets of a man and the universe, the more urgent was the theme of interaction between the living and the dead. And today, with its mass culture and the latest technologies, did not oust the ideas of life after death from the mind of a person. Moreover, it became obvious that the concepts of the relationship between the living and the dead affect our ideas about death and our behavior when we are forced to face the death of other people. The history of understanding the connection between the world of the dead and the world of the living has a centuries-old tradition. Our task is to understand the influence of the ancient texts densely included in the canvas of European culture, not only on beliefs but also on people’s behavior, social relations and cultural meanings of the era.
Just a couple of hundred years ago, public tortures and agonizing executions gathered crowds. And it lasted for many thousands of years. Is there something compelling in watching the torments of others? People in the squares felt part of the divine justice and social order. This increased their self-esteem.
Hence, another point arises: compared to the criminal, the observer is very good, which is extremely pleasant. Self-improvement gets better. The crowd does not need to feel pity for the tormented victim. And the fear of torture becomes part of the pleasure of contemplation. The more the public is afraid, the more passionate it is to look at how all the horror happens to others. Because the fear must be redirected to another person or turned into another emotion – other ways to overcome are not so effective and require huge willful efforts, and at the moment of overflowing with emotions, including fear, consciousness functions more largely due to the automatic part, while the logical function is almost completely suppressed. Fear causes excitement and passion, a surge of adrenaline in the blood, which requires withdrawal. If the crowd were not so scared, it would either went away, or silently watch the victim of torment, as still a living beetle pinned on a pin for an entomological collection.
So, why did people enjoy watching torments of others back in the time? It was their passion. It was like a theatrical show they could not miss.
People have always been fascinated by death. The more science invaded the secrets of a man and the universe, the more urgent was the theme of interaction between the living and the dead. And today, with its mass culture and the latest technologies, did not oust the ideas of life after death from the mind of a person.