Photographs are an important part of telling the story of war and captions dictate everything. A caption of someone dead can elicit sympathy to one group or hatred from another. Additionally war is arbitrary. Photographs can depict awful images of children who have been killed horribly showing that war is ubiquitous and effects all people.
Photographs have immense power in describing war, but the caption that accompanies it dictates different reactions depending on the groups who view it.
Humans have a natural attraction to look at gruesome and repulsive images. These images create an inner conflict, between desire and reason. We have been so exposed to these gruesome and horrific images, that humans are basically numb to them. The images can even become enjoyable for people who live pleasant lives as the images are so vastly different from what they go through. Overall, there is a sense of apathy towards the images and they do not cause real feeling in people who are not being tasked with the situation those in the photo are in.
Humans have become numb to the vast amounts of violent images and gore present in the world.
Humans are capable of committing atrocities and often they do not “enthusiastically” and “self-righteously”. Many people try to ignore this concept and live in immaturity and ignorance about the acts that humans can commit. Sontag also discusses how people are too quick to remember and not truly think and reflect about events of evil. Memory is just an excuse to pass over the event and not truly understand the pain and suffering that occurred, where as reflection is actually thinking about the suffering and magnitude of the evil and investigating questions for a truer understanding of the pain.
Remembering atrocities creates an apathy towards the evil that humans commit.