The next time you blame Facebook or the fourteen-year-old-hoodrats on the subway for supporting the multimillion dollar Saw movie franchise, throw out your empty Pret-A-Manger coffee cup, and blame “science“.
And don’t be a hypocrite either. You’ve probably seen that film where a girl is sewn by her mouth to some Japanese guy’s butt. The Human Centipede only raked in about two hundred grand in the box office, but it has brought home the bookoo bucks by being reintroduced to the American public on DVD. To date, its made millions of dollars.
Just think about it. People couldn’t get enough of the creepy German doctor, the poop in the mouth, or the girl in the middle who died of infection and just hung there. People bought it on DVD. They brought that into their homes.
We were disgusted by it. We cried, we screamed. We yelled “Bitch don’t go in there!”. And worst of all, we liked feeling this way.
Why do humans like to feel scared? Once again, we can blame this stupid crap on “science“. No, not the much under-appreciated Incubus album, but the actual study of life and the universe.
In ancient times, our human ancestors were at the bottom of the food chain (omg no. way.) They were more likely to hide where ever they could rather than go after a wooly-mammoth.
In fact, its speculated that our oldest cousins actually could feel when danger was coming. This superpower still exists today, and sometimes it is misunderstood or given klonopin. It’s called being paranoid. Yep. Being paranoid was once a life-saving instinct that probably contributed to our longevity as a species.
Are you a female? Do you walk down the street clutching your purse? Because every man alive is after you? Well maybe they’re not, but at least you’d be ready…
And as weird as it sounds, small doses of paranoia are good for you. How do we nurture this instinct? Why, by scaring the living daylights out of ourselves for fun.
In addition to paranoia, another helpful thing our body does to save us from danger is produce adrenaline. In the face of danger, our body’s adrenal glands will release the hormone Epinephrine (otherwise known as adrenaline) to prepare us for impending pain or suffering. It increases our tolerance for pain and allows our minds to make quick decisions. It also helps treat chronic conditions such as allergies or asthma.
What happens when you’re scared? Your palms might get sweaty, your heart rate will increase, you’re super aware of the fat guy in the movie theater seat next to you…Don’t get pissed. Be glad that your body is healthy and ready to face danger. I’ve heard that the Japanese scare themselves and others to cool themselves down in the Summer months. I guess that’s okay too. I think we crave being scared because we need to know that we can survive anything. Next time you want to hone your human instincts, go to the movies.
Yay being scared!