1.- One of the most basic rules of social coexistence that we learn from a very young age is the prohibition of killing another human being. Wars, the death penalty and the dogmas in some religions that justify it, are seen as special and extreme cases. But going out to the corner and killing someone who raised their voices to us or punishing someone who runs a red light with a shot in the head is absolutely forbidden.
2.- That is why, in our current civilization, we are so impressed when someone walks into a school or a shopping center and fires a weapon to kill as many people as they come in front of him. And the collective psychosis we experienced when the Twin Towers fell in New York was terrible. Witnessing a murder terrifies us because it reminds us of our own vulnerability. Life is our most precious asset and, at the same time, our most fragile.
3.- Taking advantage of this “terror-fascination” that human beings have with murders, Hollywood has sold us entire films full of bloody deaths for decades. So we can contemplate what fills us with horror, sitting in the safety of a movie theater. However, from South Korea, we now have a series that takes death to a new level. Killing humans mechanically, without guilt, as part of a game.
4.- I am referring, of course, to “The Squid Game” that premiered on September 17 and that, in a matter of very few days, is becoming one of the most viewed productions on Netflix of all time . It is an extremely dark story presented with bright and bright images; puzzling contradiction that is attracting the attention of the whole world.
5.- The plot is very simple. A large number of people must participate in a competition based on children’s games. Whoever wins will take 45.6 billion won (the South Korean currency) or about 38 million dollars. And they kill those who lose. Point. While the extreme anguish of the participants is understandable, the calm and minimal glamor of the soldiers guarding them is fascinating, to say the least.
6.- Something that could be worrying with “The Squid Game” is that many children and adolescents are watching it. And they are really liking it! In social networks they themselves make trends with their respective hashtags and comment their impressions on it with fun. Because the competition is presented as a game for children, the little ones easily assimilate it and feel close to it. It is as if Peppa Pig decides to use a machine gun.
7.- No psychologist would believe that the frivolization of mass murder leaves something positive in the minds of the very young. The truth is that the content of “The Squid Game” is exclusively for adults. We tend to think that sex should only be restricted to minors. However, violence should also be banned from the programming they watch. For now, “The Squid Game” becomes a global hit at the speed of a shot.
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