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Sunday, May 25, 2014

"Killing Spree Near California Campus..."

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First of all, my condolences to all affected directly or indirectly--and that is all of us--by this tragedy.

Some great insights are made by two experts.  Violence against women, and envy--or one may
call it, good-old, insidious competition between inherited men for the alpha male spot--are the factors that played prominent roles in his broken psyche.  The young man was not able to connect with women in any real equal ways, because he was trapped in the "man box."  He saw women as mere sexual conquests--and they stood in his way of earning his "man card" by rejecting him sexually--less-human, less-valuable, and threatening to his patriarchal inheritance.  How often a woman would be subjected to diatribes for ignoring a man's sexual advances?  It is as if his patriarchal inheritance included her, every woman, as his sexual possession, for the taking anytime he wishes to claim her, and if she does not obey him, then it is of his patriarchal inheritance to punish her with whatever means he chooses.

Again we must morn the loss of lives, for our failure to connect with each other on a real human level, where we see the other in us, for there is really no "other."  We are connected to each other in ways we have yet begun to appreciate and live by.

God by us all and in good stead!

"Experts say the shooter appears to be the product of a sick modern society that encourages violence against women, and that he is suffering from one of man’s oldest mental ailments — envy."
“You’re looking at someone who’s unhinged. In a culture that legitimizes violence against women — whether it’s video games or pornography — this violence is sexualized,” said Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College. “When you hear something like this, he’s picking up on cultural cues that women are less than him and don’t deserve to live.”
“Envy is a very powerful and underappreciated emotion in human affairs,” said Dr. Roger Pitman, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “If he’s envious of these other guys and women for being popular, that can motivate anger and resentment.”

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