Monday, 9 June 2014

Elliot Rodgers, Two Weeks On

It's been about two weeks since Elliot Rodgers killed six people and injured thirteen others at Santa Barbara in the USA.  A variety of people have come up with a variety of theories about why he did what he did.  They focus on different areas like:  What aspects of the culture that he lived in influenced his actions; What aspects of his immediate family influenced his actions; What aspects of his own mind influenced his actions.  Are all of their theories right?  Are some of their theories right?  Are any of their theories right?  Who knows.

What we can say with certainty though is that different people frame the killings within the context that dominates their Weltanschauung. For instance feminists frame the killings within the context of misogyny because feminists focus on misogyny all the time , PUAs on the other hand frame it within the context of coitus because PUAs focus on coitus all of the time.  (Perhaps even when they're doing mundane tasks like putting their socks on, or opening the car door, or grocery shopping).

Napoleon Bonaparte's quote on history is pertinent at this juncture: 'To write history one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary must be free from all preoccupation of interest or vanity.” (Source).  So, basically, a Buddhist-style detachment from reality is essential to enable the individual to view reality as it is, i.e. without any personal attachment or bias.  This approach applies to Elliot Rodgers, or indeed any analysis, because it requires a detachment from personal interest.  With personal detachment (which requires self-awareness, i.e. an awareness of one's own personality, likes & dislikes, loves & fears etc) comes an honest analysis.  Only then can one make any firm conclusions about why Elliot Rodgers killed six people that day.

Below are some of the various groups and their theories on why Elliot Rodgers did what he did.  Oh, and just because they are shown doesn't mean that I endorse them:
And there are almost certainly more theories out there.  It's just a shame that none of them can seem to take a step back, look at the scene from a wider perspective, and appraise the situation honestly, like a polymath might do.


1 comment:

  1. Koros to Hubris to Ate to Nemesis.

    The Seven Deadly Sins.

    Thousands of years ago, the Greeks and Hebrews knew.