Were there violent psychopaths on the writing and animating staff of Tom & Jerry? We can’t always judge a person by their entertainment output. Besides, Tarantino would agree that he’s no saint.
You’re a good man Andrew.
Guess I was a tree hugger and lover from way back, I couldn’t stand Tom & Jerry and the Three Stooges disgusted me. I guess, having an 8 year older brother who didn’t mind picking on me helped form my attitude, but we all have our environmental influences. It taught me some fantasy reflex skills (plus attitude under pressure) that’s literally saved my life, so I figure it’s a draw and I’m good with him.
But, just because I could be pushed to that violent place during younger decades, doesn’t mean I don’t find it revolving and somewhat counter productive, although walking out of bar standing tall, while the creep that weighted half again what I did, and who jumped me, is laying on the floor and no one is making a move against me, because all silently agree I was in the right and he had the surprise lesson coming. Now there’s a personal trophy unlike any other. But I don’t emulate it and find that friendly communication and ethical actions accomplish a bunch more, especially in the real world of work and dealing with clients and all that jazz.
Or the constant hate mongering of the Alt-right and how that’s frazzling social communication and common sanity, with continually escalating consequences that we’re all going to hate when they reach full flowering.
Violence as a solution is guaranteed to spiral out of control. Just look at Cheney/Bush’s endless “War Of Terror On Terror” which has created a US society that embraces war (never considering what its doing to other societies) and is now dependent on continuing the arm production and their expenditure to keep the economy propped up.
289 School Shootings In America Since 2013
When I look around at this society we’ve created for ourselves, I can see my squeamish attitude was founded in rational fears for where it would take us.
It’s like aren’t we violent enough by nature, and don’t the normal pressures of life challenge us enough to control the little demon all of carry to a larger or lesser extent?
Why glorify it. Then we wonder why people act out.