Monday, May 26, 2014

Sad Stuff

After over a million hits, YouTube took the Elliot Rodger rant down.

He supposedly was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, but AS doesn't manifest itself in paranoid or extreme narcissistic behavior.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if he had paranoid schizophrenia. Watching the video and reading that 141-page "manifesto," it was clear he felt people were rejecting him or were out to destroy him.

Yes, sexism creates the groundwork for hostility and violence by men towards women, but this guy had a LOT of issues going far beyond being rejected by women. He was a ticking time bomb from childhood; believing women were the source of his problems merely sent him over the edge. Having access to weapons didn't help matters, either.

The victim's list of the dead has been made public.

Speaking of being made public, the media should have exercised much more responsibility and redacted the names of the people Rodger mentioned in his manifesto. All revealing the names did was create a lot of unnecessary grief and invasion of privacy.

These people had nothing to do with why Rodger did what he did.

The WSWS has an interesting take on this story:

In a tragic irony, Elliot Rodger’s late grandfather, George Rodger (1908-1995), photographed concentration camps when they were first liberated in 1945. He was later a founding member of Magnum Photos, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson (the left-wing French photographer).

The Magnum Photos website explains, “Having covered the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland, Rodger was the first photographer to enter Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945. In May he photographed the German surrender at L√ľneburg for Time and Life. Traumatized by the experience of looking for ‘nice compositions’ in front of the dead, Rodger embarked on a 28,000-mile journey all over Africa and the Middle East, focusing on animal life, rituals, and ways of life that exist in a close relationship with nature.” Africa became his preoccupation for the next thirty years.

In the experience of the grandfather and the alleged crime of the grandson there is not simply an agonizing personal tragedy, but perhaps some indication as well of the cultural and moral degeneration that has taken place.

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