There's a video out there of a young woman who's been shot while protesting in Tehran. She dies in her father's arms, who is apparently screaming hysterically all the while.
I say "apparently" because I haven't seen the video, and I don't plan on seeing it.
My first instinct is to say that I'm not saying that to make myself feel better than all the people who have watched the video, and I don't, but after reading the comments on all the various different sites that have posted it, I can't help but wonder... Why would you watch it?
(I'm not linking to the video, but you can find it easily enough.)
Nearly everyone who has seen the video and commented on it has either said, "I can't sleep now" or "I've had nightmares" or "I can't stop crying." It sounds horribly upsetting -- and I'm not surprised. An innocent woman has been shot (no one's sure by whom) and she dies.
Maybe people were expecting the fact that they're watching it through a screen, through a lens to soften that reality, but of course it's upsetting.
What a pale, useless word, "upsetting."
Did people watch the video for news purposes? To get an understanding of what it's "really" like in Tehran right now? Was it plain morbid curiosity? Were people planning on exposing it as a fraud? Do people watch it to bolster their political stances? Do people watch it because they've never seen someone die before?
Have you seen the video?
Why did you watch it? Are you glad that you did? Do you think others should as well?