I watched the movie "Saw II" yesterday, and a scene in which one of the victims was burned alive made me think about a video I'd seen ages ago, where a buddhist monk performed self-immolation (suicide by starting yourself on fire).
The character in the Saw II movie was suppose to be a real tough-guy - not afraid of pain and such. And yet, when he was trapped inside a large oven, and was burning to death, he began screaming uncontrollably. It would seem to me that nobody, no matter how tough they are, could ever maintain self-control when being exposed to such immense pain.
This leads me to the video of the buddhist self-immolation. If memory serves me correctly, the monk was able to sit still, in a kneeling position, while he burned to death. I cannot imagine how he possibly could have done this. I understand that people are able to condition themselves to endure extreme hardships and pain, but something as extreme as being burned alive; I do not know how anyone can possibly condition themselves to experience such extreme pain without dying first.
My question to you, is do you think the monk may have taken some kind of drug, that would have numbed or otherwise dulled his senses. Or could it be that he simply had conditioned himself to withstand the extreme pain.
I've seen some self-immolation videos where the person goes wild once they are on fire... and maintaining self-control during self-immolation is no-doubt the exception, rather than the rule. But if this monk did in fact remain relatively calm while he was burning alive... I wonder what made this possible.
I apologize if this thread belongs in a different forum... this one seemed as good as any for this topic.
There is also a scene in the movie where a young woman is hurled into a pit full of syringes. I doubt this has ever actually happened in real life... but it was interesting to think about what that would feel like. The other day, I was driving some nails into wood (I'm finishing my basement), when I pushed myself off from the wood, and accidentally drove a nail up into my finger, just under my finger nail. The pain was so extreme, my head felt like it would explode. It's probably the most pain I've ever felt within a short period of time like that. I understand that the body reaches a pain threshold, after which, all surplus pain must simply be discarded. After all... extra pain, past a point, serves no biological purpose. Why bombard our bodies with more pain, when we already have more than enough pain to cause us to react to a situation? This makes me wonder if being burned alive reaches a pain threshold, after which the body kind of shuts down its sensory input, and either the pain remains constant, or even dissipates, when the body's reactionary facilities succumb.
Any thoughts? Any masochists our there?