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The Irony of Fear

Updated on February 19, 2017

People watch television shows with extreme violence today. They watch the world’s psychopaths and sociopaths and the things they've done in the world.

We are all familiar with sociopaths, mad dog killers, and psychopaths and their commonality. They walk with us, eat with us, and even go to church with us.

In history we have had to deal with Jack the Ripper, Jeffery Dahmer, Ted Bundy, The Boston Strangler, and John Wayne Gacy to only name a few.

Yet so many people are bothered more by watching Freddy Krueger in movies than Charlie Manson.

How Ironic...


Irony in Entertainment

People run from horrors, movies with a simple ghost, demon, or apparition.

They run and scoff at these movies like the plague. They say these movies make no sense, they’re dumb and pointless. They also say they are terrifying and can somehow summon a demon.

Well, anyone that’s ever seen any scary movies know they are only for entertainment. They are for fun, no drama included or intended, not really.

You are not really looking at these movies for some type of criminal knowledge or motivational pick-up. You are just trying to be entertained.


The Irony of Television Shows and Real Life

We come across the television shows broadcasting the sociopath, the psychopath, and the freaking sadistic murderer.

These are the sinister everyday individuals that take lives because they are disturbed by an issue or upset about something one day.

They are usually going through some personal situation. It could be mental, internal, emotional, or something entirely other when they decide that someone deserves to die because of how they feel.

How does this make sense? How is the general idea of this rational?

This isn't stupid, but the scary movie meant only to entertain you is?

These shows are the depressing reality, and some are even real life mini documentary.

And they consist of what, the stupid doings of people causing real pain and turmoil because of depressing or disappointing situations in their own life.


What's Scarier Now?

So what scares you more, the apparition that is possibly nowhere near you or non-existent, or the psychos, sociopaths, mad dog killers, murderers, arsonists, and stranglers that are all too real.

Violent individuals like these are real in the past and they are real today.

They exist today with voices in their heads and all life’s problems they may, or want to, take out or express on someone who appears to have a better life.

Meanwhile, the apparition, ghost, spirit, demon, ghoul etc… is waiting to be summoned through evil deeds and spells.

You are wasting your time thinking they are going to come on their own.

These creatures do not necessarily browse through the streets humming or singing a song then decides to mess with you. Not in reality.

But the killer will, that is shown on the TV. His or her actions on some innocent victim will express his/her likes, dislikes, needs, beliefs and so forth.

And they don't only do this to an adult or human being; teens, children and animals have to look-out too.

Last Note

So the question is; do you see the irony in this?

People are actually not afraid or bothered by the common television show and documentary sociopath, killer, and psycho that has been real in our history, but the movie, Pet Semetary and Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, sends people running to the hills.

These two movies could never really come true or be real, but the television show that shows the murderer is everyday reality. And their real life murderer, who continues to kill people to be famous or to satisfy some type of sadistic need, is just entertaining and good television fun.

Can You See The Irony?

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    • SonQuioey10 profile image

      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      So true. In this I am the same. I cannot stomach a roller coaster, not really, but Mountain Climbing is something I definitely enjoy. It's got something to do with control, I'm sure of it. Thanks for the comment and for reading.

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      kwade tweeling 5 years ago from USA

      I agree with you. As humans we have a lot of funny things we do. Fear drives us in some very strange ways and defies logic on a daily basis. Just look at fear of heights. Some people are comfortable on a plane, but a swing terrifies them. Ahhh the irony in that.

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      I understand your logic. The irony had to come from somewhere, it's just something that's always crossed my mind. And that's a little funny. Thanks for reading.

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      kwade tweeling 5 years ago from USA

      Nicely written. I have often mused over these ideas as well. I suspect the reason for fearing the paranormal more than the mundane is twofold:

      1. People have a dissociation complex more often than not. "This couldn't happen to me" becomes the excuse for not fearing the mundane.

      2. On the other hand, people fear what they do not know, understand, and see. This basic fear seems to have been passed down from ancient times. If you cannot see or understand something, how can you deal with it? The paranormal, naturally, comes in here.

      In the end I feel it is relative to the person as well as the society. But we also like to have fun with feeling afraid while we feel we can flip a switch and make that fear go away. Hence, the movies.

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      I know. But the thing is fear is so backwards, upside down. No one scoffs at the television show but at the scary movie. The movie is just entertainment yet people stay away from them because their scary, but the real killers are what they want to see everyday. I agree, absolutely ridiculous. Thanks for reading.

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      Adrian Lavelle 5 years ago from Galway, Ireland

      The craze of T.V. shows coming out of America to do with rapists and murderers and psychopaths scarring's even massive in Ireland...and the creative ways of keeping audiences glued to shows like 'C.S.I' and 'Criminal Minds' borders on the ridiculous... at least 'Dexter' is black humour. I think there is a basic curiosity in how the human mind works, there's even a joke in Ireland as to why Americans are so happy, it's because they like vent on these T.V. shows about serial killers and kids getting kidnapped when they get home from work and's the same anywhere else to be the old saying goes...that's entertainment!