Morbid Curiosity

Morbid Curiosity

Morbid curiosity is our fascination with ‘compelling awfulness’, like the footage of a plane crash, or a celebrity meltdown on camera.

People rubbernecking on a car crash site, for instance, cause further accidents just because the curious drivers cannot look away from the crash site and in front of their own vehicle.

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Our attraction towards morbid, horrifying and destruction-oriented objects and situations is due to our wanting to experience someone else’s suffering, or evaluate dangers that can threaten us.

This is why we enjoy gory or sad films, curious about the misfortune of others. The problems we see mirror our own relationships, values and the connections we have. Death fascinates us, as it makes us feel truly alive.

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Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.

She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

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Dark tourism

Travelling to places where death or tragedy has taken place is dubbed dark tourism.

Early examples of dark tourism, or thanatourism, are medieval public executions or pilgrimages to cemeteries and battlefields. More recent examples include narco-tourism in Colombia and Mexico, nuclear tourism in Chernobyl and Fukushima, and shooting ranges in Phnom Penh.

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