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2012-06-01 07:12:04 AM  

BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.


I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?
 
2012-06-01 07:18:13 AM  
Looking through these photos, I was of course struck by the emotion conveyed by them. But then I started to ask myself why...WHY DO WE FIGHT WARS? We kill people and break things, and this is good in what way? Wouldn't this world be a better place if we could figure out how to resolve conflict without killing people and breaking things? Seems to me that it would.
 
2012-06-01 07:23:42 AM  
Just read through the Reddit thread that inspired this and now my day is farked up.

Omayra Sanchez
Samir Hassan

Life sucks.
 
2012-06-01 07:25:17 AM  
Oh and this one: 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography

Be sure to turn the captions on.

/fark cancer
 
2012-06-01 07:26:10 AM  
Hm. Ate my link.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/newsroom/swf/april07/mother/

http://www.sacbee.com/static/newsroom/swf/april07/mother/
 
2012-06-01 07:28:01 AM  
Humanity's low point
mukto-mona.net


Humanity's high point
brucemhood.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-01 07:32:04 AM  

Coelacanth: Tehrasha: What, this didnt make it?

[bagnewsnotes.typepad.com image 640x461]

Something you guys should know.

This wasn't just some random execution. The reason this young guerrilla was getting his brains blown out was that ten minutes before this picture was being taken, he had just finished off killing an entire family by himself.


And yet, the members of Charlie Company walk free.
 
2012-06-01 07:32:47 AM  
Yeah, #36 was rough.

Excellent find, subby.
 
2012-06-01 07:33:04 AM  

hippyneil: Humanity's low point


We're not done yet, we can top that.

hippyneil: Humanity's high point


We are done, we won't top that.

/bright ray of sunshine
 
2012-06-01 07:34:44 AM  

Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?


Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

dl.dropbox.com

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.
 
2012-06-01 07:36:57 AM  
Damn, #35 with the German POW coming home from Russia got to me... my Hungarian grandfather was also a POW in one of those camps for several years after WW2 until the Russians were forced to release the prisoners under the Geneva conventions.

Followed up with #36 made it really damn dusty in here.
 
2012-06-01 07:37:24 AM  
damn you subby. I only made it to 6.
 
2012-06-01 07:42:21 AM  

Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?


No. A pompous, self-aggrandizing asshole like yourself should never feel pity for anyone, as you have no inferiors.
 
2012-06-01 07:47:18 AM  

Party Boy:
27. reunited korea war separation


Err, no, that's not what's going on with picture 27 at all. Laura Ling is Chinese-American. Euna Lee is Korean-American. Both were US citizens who were in Korea doing a documentary on North Korean defectors (which of course made the DPRoK very angry). They crossed the border while filming and got arrested. Under diplomatic pressure, eventually the North Korean government released them.

"Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who had been arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years hard labor, are reunited with their families in California after a successful diplomatic intervention by the U.S."

They wrote books about their experiences. (Well, by "they" I mean the Ling sisters.) "Somewhere Inside" is worth reading if you take any interest in North Korea, which judging by Fark threads, a lot of Farkers do.

The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea

Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
 
2012-06-01 07:48:40 AM  

BullBearMS: Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

[dl.dropbox.com image 640x433]

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.



I would definitely disagree. There are more deep emotions than only the depressing kind. I would take inspiration over depression in most cases.
 
2012-06-01 07:52:43 AM  

Party Boy: The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.


If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot have is a sense of proportion.
 
2012-06-01 07:52:57 AM  

hippyneil:

Humanity's high point
[brucemhood.files.wordpress.com image 596x450]




The original unedited photo:
geek.thinkunique.org
 
2012-06-01 07:54:35 AM  
Humans are disgusting creatures, the vast majority are only interested in subjugating others, inseminate females, and the females who love said males.
 
2012-06-01 07:54:50 AM  

Howser: Is that sea beams glittering in the dark at the Tannhauser gate ? Meh, seen it.


It's too bad you won't live.

But then again, who does?
 
2012-06-01 07:57:06 AM  

pkellmey: BullBearMS: Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

[dl.dropbox.com image 640x433]

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.


I would definitely disagree. There are more deep emotions than only the depressing kind. I would take inspiration over depression in most cases.


I never said there weren't other powerful emotions. I said that I personally found that the photos dealing with loss or regaining something feared lost were the most powerful in the series.

Photos that evoke love, compassion, and joy (for example) can also be quite powerful.
 
2012-06-01 07:57:53 AM  
www.newhopechurch.ca
"A six year old orphan from Austria ecstatically embraces a brand new pair of shoes just given to him by the Red Cross." from Time Life
 
2012-06-01 07:59:32 AM  

Party Boy: RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.

one last thing. lets get the rest of the quote in there. Poopipedia.

[johnkary.net image 439x596]
[Rest of the quote by Sagan]
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

[i.imgur.com image 640x360]

Click for Desktop Size



...and then you click on the Fark Politics tab and weep for humanity.
The utter stupidity of how people on this planet live and treat others is mind boggling.
 
2012-06-01 08:04:30 AM  

JunkyJu: ...and then you click on the Fark Politics tab and weep for humanity.
The utter stupidity of how people on this planet live and treat others is mind boggling.


You are completely correct, however opinions are ultimately the things that can lead to both peace and war, death and life. Few things would ever get accomplished if not for strong opinions.
 
2012-06-01 08:05:40 AM  

mytdawg: hippyneil: Humanity's low point

We're not done yet, we can top that.

hippyneil: Humanity's high point

We are done, we won't top that.

/bright ray of sunshine


The fact that there are people still dying of starvation and lack of water when we have the resources and capability to prevent it saddens me more than pretty much anything else. Whatever else we may inflict upon each other, the mass denial of such fundamental necessities (and it is denial because we COULD do this but don't because "it's too expensive") should be abhorrent to each and every one of us.
 
2012-06-01 08:08:47 AM  
Blargh, I was doing fine until #12
 
2012-06-01 08:09:13 AM  

starsrift: It's not a tearjerker, but #10 is the most powerful one, imho.


#10 was great.
 
2012-06-01 08:12:56 AM  
Subby is a cold hearted bastard. It got too dusty in here for me at #2 And that damn dust would just not go away.

// joking good find.
 
2012-06-01 08:13:04 AM  
Tank man in Tiananmen square always gets me. Standing there alone facing down a column of 30 ton tanks sayin, "This is our city and you don't have the right."
 
2012-06-01 08:14:08 AM  

jso2897: Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?

No. A pompous, self-aggrandizing asshole like yourself should never feel pity for anyone, as you have no inferiors.


I was making the point that perhaps BullBearMS shouldn't be making sweeping assumptions about the inability of "geeks" to feel strong emotions for their fellow humans. I have no idea what you're thinking, but maybe a little less caffeine and a walk outside will help.
 
2012-06-01 08:14:29 AM  
Goddammitsomuch. Way to start my day off crying.
 
2012-06-01 08:15:54 AM  

BullBearMS: Photos that evoke love, compassion, and joy (for example) can also be quite powerful.


Absolutely. The soldier in #28 is crying with joy and that made me tear up just as much as the ones dealing with loss and grief.

I think the reason that photos dealing with loss, despair, terror, fear etc. are things we as normal people can relate to and have felt in some measure during our lives. Pictures of space, while awe-inspiring, are still slightly removed from us as most of us have no experience of it rather than the knowledge that it's big and it's there.
 
2012-06-01 08:16:46 AM  

moike: [www.motorcycleclassics.com image 640x515]

Rollie Free busting out 150.3mph on the salt in1948. On his Vincent in nothing but a speedo and the weight of his massive brass balls over the rear wheel for added traction.


Big deal. I broke his record in 2002 by going 155 on FL-85n. Fully clothed.
 
2012-06-01 08:21:55 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

What? No love for the Afghan girl?
 
2012-06-01 08:22:28 AM  

Lydia_C: I was making the point that perhaps BullBearMS shouldn't be making sweeping assumptions about the inability of "geeks" to feel strong emotions for their fellow humans. I have no idea what you're thinking, but maybe a little less caffeine and a walk outside will help.


Yet you have no problem with making sweeping assumptions about what others think.
 
2012-06-01 08:25:27 AM  

MythDragon: What? No love for the Afghan girl?


The follow-up pict years later dropped a lot of its mass appeal.
 
2012-06-01 08:27:02 AM  
I agree more tech, science, nature shots would be appropriate but also these would be better than a few of the 40:

tapordiecompany.com
swick.co.uk
 
2012-06-01 08:28:15 AM  

BullBearMS: Lydia_C: I was making the point that perhaps BullBearMS shouldn't be making sweeping assumptions about the inability of "geeks" to feel strong emotions for their fellow humans. I have no idea what you're thinking, but maybe a little less caffeine and a walk outside will help.

Yet you have no problem with making sweeping assumptions about what others think.


Considering that he or she was pretty hostile out of the box, and my comment applied only to them, I don't see where I made any sweeping assumptions. It was just a suggestion to do something to calm whatever ire/annoyance they were clearly feeling.
 
2012-06-01 08:28:20 AM  
Ah shiat, I can't make it any further. I have to check these out alone.
 
2012-06-01 08:31:04 AM  
I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.

graphics8.nytimes.com

click here for back story, it pops
 
2012-06-01 08:31:21 AM  
I didn't see these; didn't click on all the links though. The first picture is
just deeply sad. The second one, I think is hopeful.

farm8.staticflickr.com

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-01 08:32:19 AM  

Party Boy: RexTalionis:
Better?


A bit, yeah.

This is one of my rarely discussed gripes about collective humanity. What do we memorialize? What do we remember and how do we celebrate it?

I think it really stuck in me lately seeing NASA take such a hit while congress scrambles to save defense spending from cuts.

What the fark is our problem? We should, at least, celebrate people like Alexander Fleming as much as we celebrate war heroes. Alexander farking Fleming. Good luck with modern medicine without that guys discovery. We can stretch this list out a bit.


If we weren't moved by the pictures of compassion, despair and hope, then we would have no reason to care about scientific achievement or space photos.

They move us for the same reasons why we look at the stars. The belief in the potential greatness of each human to become the one who lifts another veil to enlighten mankind is why we are so moved to despair at the loss and when we see the compassion it gives us hope that there are still strong individuals among us.

So don't regret that those images move so many, take heart in the fact that so many are moved by the emotions that carry us forward. When those images cease to have emotional meaning, that will be the moment when hope for humanity has been lost.
 
2012-06-01 08:33:16 AM  
I made it to number 8, but I haven't dusted..ever.
 
2012-06-01 08:34:24 AM  
Prime Minister of Australia.
i45.tinypic.com

Silly old duffer.

// it was in a politicians vs. journalists cricket match
// he thought he would be a hero and go the tonk

// PWNED!!!
// the origin of pwning

// can you get more pwned?
// I ask you
 
2012-06-01 08:35:40 AM  
Prime Minister of America.
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-01 08:38:08 AM  

Big Ramifications: Prime Minister of America.
[i48.tinypic.com image 300x400]


Link
Yeah but then their 90 year old ex-PM does something like this and all is redeemed
 
2012-06-01 08:39:48 AM  

Party Boy: RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.

one last thing. lets get the rest of the quote in there. Poopipedia.

[johnkary.net image 439x596]
[Rest of the quote by Sagan]
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

[i.imgur.com image 640x360]

Click for Desktop Size


Kind of puts things in perspective, I may just have a good day now and just laugh at all of the "self important" jerkoffs in my life.
 
2012-06-01 08:40:46 AM  

hippyneil: Humanity's high point


..pic of astronaut on the moon..

Not yet, it isn't.
 
2012-06-01 08:41:49 AM  

ordinarysteve: Big Ramifications: Prime Minister of America.
[i48.tinypic.com image 300x400]

Link
Yeah but then their 90 year old ex-PM does something like this and all is redeemed


That was farking AWESOME!
 
2012-06-01 08:43:03 AM  
I am surprised anyone got past 2 without weeping a little bit.
 
2012-06-01 08:44:51 AM  
i.chzbgr.com

Don't have source photo. Wouldn't change it much though.
 
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