The gist is that it is relatively easy to get people to do unimaginably cruel things. All you need to do is to ask them to gradually increase the intensity of their behavior, and to absolve them of responsibility for that behavior. As has been demonstrated by the atrocities of history, nearly anybody can be party to this kind of behavior, except for a few: the "everyday heroes".
In response to that e-mail, someone else posted a link to What is the Monkeysphere?. It outlines the notion that our brains are only capable of dealing with a clan of about 150 individuals. Outside that group, everyone else is not even a person, just a thing in the world. The article argues that in general, people don't care about the outsider group except when they make a deliberate effort to be empathetic. I personally don't think this is true, but Philip Zimbardo's research seems to back it up.
Anyway, in Zimbardo's lecture, he says that anybody can be trained to be an "everyday hero". His method of doing so asks people to consider themselves "heroes in waiting" — that someday you may be called upon to act heroically. I personally use the guilt-based technique where I ask myself, "which course of action will make me respect myself tomorrow?" to elicit my best behavior. Regardless, we agree that a core element is the desire to not go along with the status quo for its own sake, but to remain vigilant and question that which seems wrong.
In tonight's show at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) at 8 p.m., Bill Franklin Asks: "Does God Want You Dead?" An exploration of mortality, technology and spirituality. I can only hope it's not the same Bill Franklin character/comic who's ... well ... not particularly funny. At all.
Mez website][all ages]
Today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. way out at The 3174 State Street Gallery (3174 State St., Caledonia) is the opening reception for Celebration, an exhibition of works by The Artists' Breakfast Group on display through November 1.
Artists' Breakfast Group e-mail]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing When A Man Loves starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House Calendar has this to say: "John Barrymore and Dolores Costello star in the best version of Abbé Prévost's oft-filmed Manon Lescaut, the love story of a divinity student (Barrymore) and a beautiful girl (Costello) whose brother (Warner Oland) has sold her to a lecherous aristocrat. One of the earliest sound films (released before The Jazz Singer, also directed by Crosland), When a Man Loves' original Vitaphone soundtrack has been restored in a joint project by George Eastman House, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Warner Bros."
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
According to their website, Left Spine Down will not be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) — nor anywhere else in the United States. According to a blog entry on September 30, 2008, "their American label Bit Riot Records were not able to secure working visas in time for the band to cross into the US legally, and the group was subsequently turned away at the border without hesitation. Luckily, they were let go with nothing more than a warning and will be allowed to attempt to cross into the US at a later date."
Bug Jar calendar]
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, October 2, 2008 (Thu, Oct 2, 2008, 10/2/2008, or 10/2/08) Friday, October 3, 2008 (Fri, Oct 3, 2008, 10/3/2008, or 10/3/08) Saturday, October 4, 2008 (Sat, Oct 4, 2008, 10/4/2008, or 10/4/08) Sunday, October 5, 2008 (Sun, Oct 5, 2008, 10/5/2008, or 10/5/08) Monday, October 6, 2008 (Mon, Oct 6, 2008, 10/6/2008, or 10/6/08) Tuesday, October 7, 2008 (Tue, Oct 7, 2008, 10/7/2008, or 10/7/08) and Wednesday, October 8, 2008 (Wed, Oct 8, 2008, 10/8/2008, or 10/8/08).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.