I call myself the observer. Sometimes I like to distance myself from the situations occurring around me and watch… Other times, I like to imagine what I would do in the shoes of this or that person.

Have you ever had a gun staring straight into your face?

I went to the movies today – the Chamber was showing “The Other Guys.” As I laughed at the funny scenes, at one point I have thought… “I am laughing at shooting scenes.” The movie was indeed funny with all the interactions between those cops-wannabe, but the reality… They were shooting at people. In real life people would’ve died.

In the light of those thoughts, another one sneaked into my mind. What would I do if someone would have me at a gunpoint? I’d like to say that I would courageously stare past that barrel into the eyes of the gunman. But honestly? I have no idea.

I have a friend who had that moment in his life. He said the shock made him chat like there are no worries in the world, but once he got home, he started shaking because it dawned on him what might have happened just a few minutes ago.

I wonder… We’ve become so accustomed to movies like that – where people get hurt and sometimes it’s even made as if it’s funny… and we laugh because we’re amused by it. But once one stops and thinks – there’s nothing to laugh about. Yes, maybe the awkward situations, I agree – those are hilarious… unless you’ve been in one yourself. It’s easy to watch, but it’s tough to be right there, in the very middle of the situation.

  • I know this is off topic, but it totally reminds me of Disciple's new song: Dear EX.

  • zenichka

    Michael: yeah, i like that song… Air1 has been playing it quite often lately…

    no idea what was the point of the post, other than just random reflections, so you weren't off topic 🙂

  • I have actually been held at gunpoint several times. As a child in Mexico, whenever the police had a road block, the first thing in the window was their weapons…usually machine guns.

    It's amazing that by the 4th or 5th time, it no longer scared me… Even though I knew there was a risk.


  • zenichka

    Dusty: wow… were there road blocks often?

  • I've lived all over the world. I've had lots of guns pointed at me.

    Come to find out, most of the people holding them had never actually shot them.


  • Zee: I have never had a gun pointed at me, unless you count the shopping store kind. 🙂 I have no clue what I would do. On the other topic: I find myself not so taken by the gun pointing but the swear words used and I never even seem to notice them until later when someone mentions it or I read about it or watch it again with a more discerning eye. Something to be said I reckon for acceptance.

  • zenichka

    Duane: how come you had guns pointed at you so many times?

    yes, that seems to be the case – and even those who fired guns, usually did not fire them at people…

  • zenichka

    Bill: yeah… it's interesting with swear words… whenever girls (guys too, but there are mostly girls here) at my work are upset they sometimes do use them, but they keep apologizing to me whenever they do… and i never even said anything about it, really, i just don't say 'em… i think it's kinda funny… well, in an "funny interesting" kind of way.

    but yes, i agree. we've gotten used to a lot of things.

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