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15th Jun '16 10:22:46 AM Kadorhal
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* In ''FarCry 2'' one of the central characters the Jackal, who you were hired to kill to put an end to his arms dealing which is only fanning the flames of the various civil wars that are going on in Africa, makes a very good point about this during one of his various interview tapes which can be found in the game. During one of the tapes he mentions how despite how powerful the U.S Military is (he should know he was a former Navy Seal before he became an arms dealer) they let petty morality get in the way of doing whatever it takes to win and that their media focuses too much on how many of our service men and women die in combat when they need to realize that soldiers dying is part of the cost of war. He is saying that the American public can't accept heavy casualties and care more about the death of individuals rather than honor the cause they died for, "The death of a 23 year old from Iwoa gets more air time than the death of 50,000 people he gave his life to protect. Even if they did give a shit about things over here their own media prevents them from taking any action." The death of even one of our troops is a tragedy, the death of those he was fighting for even if goes into the thousands or millions is a statistic, the Jackal is disgusted at the hypocrisy of this. It is for this reason that he believes that his arms dealing is actually helping the world, if the U.S Military won't do anything to stem the tide of all these terrible wars going on in the world then he will.

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* In ''FarCry 2'' ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', one of the central characters characters, the Jackal, who you were hired to kill to put an end to his arms dealing which is only fanning the flames of the various civil wars that are going on in Africa, makes a very good point about this during one of his various interview tapes which can be found in the game. During one of the tapes tapes, he mentions how that despite how powerful the U.S Military military is (he should know (and he was would know, being a former Navy Seal SEAL before he became an arms dealer) dealer), they let petty morality get in the way of doing whatever it takes to win win, and that their media focuses too much on how many of our service men servicemen and women die in combat when they need to realize that soldiers dying is part of the cost of war. He is saying notes that the American public can't accept heavy casualties and care more about the death deaths of individuals rather than honor the cause they died for, "The stating that "the death of a 23 year old from Iwoa Iowa gets more air time than the death of 50,000 people he gave his life to protect. Even So even if they did give a shit about things over here shit, their own media prevents them from taking any action." The death of even one of our troops is a tragedy, while the death of those he was fighting for even if goes into the thousands or millions is a statistic, and the Jackal is disgusted at the hypocrisy of this. It is for this reason that he believes that his arms dealing is actually helping the world, world - if the U.S Military won't do anything to stem the tide of all these terrible wars going on in the world then he will.
11th Jun '16 8:44:58 PM Doug86
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* On one end of the scale we have the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games. Each unit represents an individual character which has its own personality, skills, and motivations; as such, some people are hesitant to put even relatively unimportant characters into harm's way.

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* On one end of the scale we have the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games. Each unit represents an individual character which has its own personality, skills, and motivations; as such, some people are hesitant to put even relatively unimportant characters into harm's way.
27th May '16 4:17:05 PM MarqFJA
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TruthInTelevision, alas. Apathy for collective suffering seems to be [[https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-autopilot/201003/why-is-the-death-one-million-statistic directly correlated with one's ability to keep emotions in check]], and is perhaps a mental defense against [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion_fatigue compassion fatigue]]. This phenomenon has even been reproduced in a lab, [[http://www.badscience.net/2010/10/empathys-failures/ where increasing the number of a criminal's victims causes people to recommend a lower sentence]].

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TruthInTelevision, alas.alas; the real-life term is "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identifiable_victim_effect identifiable victim effect]]". Apathy for collective suffering seems to be [[https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-autopilot/201003/why-is-the-death-one-million-statistic directly correlated with one's ability to keep emotions in check]], and is perhaps a mental defense against [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion_fatigue compassion fatigue]]. This phenomenon has even been reproduced in a lab, [[http://www.badscience.net/2010/10/empathys-failures/ where increasing the number of a criminal's victims causes people to recommend a lower sentence]].
9th May '16 7:52:28 PM Lokoron
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* This is one of the main themes invoked and questions asked in ''Literature/HollowPlaces.'' Austin, the protagonist, has a particular disdain for people who value their loved ones orders of magnitude above strangers, but he finds it difficult not to fall into the same line of thinking.
30th Apr '16 8:34:30 PM Drgonzo
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* Jeff Foxworthy did a bit once where he related that he'd been watching the news, and the top story was 80 people dying in a bus crash. Foxworthy said "the only thing I could think was 'How on earth did they get 80 people on a bus?'....once it becomes a physics problem, it takes the emotional sting out of it."
20th Apr '16 12:57:25 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Averted -- explicitly run away from -- in both ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove''. In the former, characters at times explicitly comment and agonize over the fact that there are civilian casualties -- in one later episode, the heroes stop their pursuit of the BigBad because he's just set a city on fire.
** In ''Do You Remember Love?'', [[spoiler: Hikaru finally convinces Minmay to sing the [[TitledAfterTheSong Title Song]] to halt the Zentradi assault in its tracks by forcefully reminding her about the millions who'd died during the war, including mentioning some names of Hikaru's friends and squadmates that (at least in the movie continuity) she'd likely never met. Suitably chastened, she realizes it is her human duty to sing and stop the war. He never brings up the possibility of him and her being killed, instead focusing on everyone else and the lives they sacrificed.]]

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
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Averted -- explicitly run away from -- in both ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove''. In the former, characters at times explicitly comment and agonize over the fact that there are civilian casualties -- in one later episode, the heroes stop their pursuit of the BigBad because he's just set a city on fire.
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fire. In ''Do You Remember Love?'', [[spoiler: Hikaru finally convinces Minmay to sing the [[TitledAfterTheSong Title Song]] to halt the Zentradi assault in its tracks by forcefully reminding her about the millions who'd died during the war, including mentioning some names of Hikaru's friends and squadmates that (at least in the movie continuity) she'd likely never met. Suitably chastened, she realizes it is her human duty to sing and stop the war. He never brings up the possibility of him and her being killed, instead focusing on everyone else and the lives they sacrificed.]]
11th Apr '16 2:10:44 PM SamTheAwesome
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* The Time Lords in the Series/DoctorWho fanfiction ''Fanfic/TheLastGreatTimeWar''. They don't care about planets or even galaxies being destroyed in the War unless they are of significant strategic importance.
27th Mar '16 12:51:54 AM Kieranoi
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** In general though, the Universal Century Averts this hard by often pointing out that every soldier is human in of themselves have emotions, dreams and an identity of there own and that every soldier that dies is another life lost pointlessly in war (In fact in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' when protagonist Kamille Bidan gets angry at resident PsychoForHire Yazan Gable he is quite obviously angry that Yazan treats war like a game and that people on all sides are dying not just on his side).
22nd Mar '16 7:03:43 PM Argon2
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* In season 2 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', several Hunters get into a fight in the middle of a highway road, the collateral damage of which flips several ''moving'' cars over. Despite the Hunters being students and (mostly) legal adults, they experience no social or academic repercussions and the civilians' potential deaths/injuries are never mentioned by anyone. Yet in season 3 (once CerebusSyndrome has hit), one Hunter student [[spoiler:(seemingly)]] mutilating another- in a recreational combat tournament, no less- is this shocking event that traumatizes everyone involved, makes observers instantly distrust the perpetrator, and gets several episodes dedicated to its fallout. The ''only'' difference between the two situations is that one time the writers decided to make death important, and the other time they did not.
16th Mar '16 11:07:47 AM Lopiny
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050705.html Petey calls out Kevyn]] on being willing to kill tens of thousands in combat, but squeamish of mind-ripping a single individual to obtain the same results.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050705.html Petey calls out Kevyn]] on being willing to kill tens of thousands in combat, but squeamish of mind-ripping a single individual to obtain the same results. He brings it up again in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-09-19 this strip]], with an appropriate quote:
-->''"If I spend the power to rescue our friends, an entire world full of innocent people will die. You might regard that as merely a horrible tragedy in some distant place, but I can hear every heartbeat."''
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