I’ve been following the discussions of the
Virginia Tech murders with interest on Phi Beta Cons and elsewhere.
You concluded a post on the subject by saying “Any light on the matter is
welcome,” so I thought you might appreciate the reflection I wrote
Question Mark Kid.”
I can’t agree with those who see some sort of postmodern cultural
decay as the problem — as my post tries to show, mass murders very
much like this one appear in the earliest Western literature (and we
can gain insight by studying that literature, as psychiatrists such as
Jonathan Shay have taught us). What connects Cho with suicide bombers,
in my view, is their shared sense of having been abusively humiliated.
One may debate whether such feelings are justified (and the crimes of
course are not justified, even if the feelings are). But it’s
nevertheless true that human beings have exhibited similar violent
reactions across history when they have regarded themselves as having
been abusively humiliated. The “ounce of prevention” is to treat
people with dignity from a young age — something most religious
traditions would support — before they become irreparably damaged.
Trying to shed a little light, for what it may be worth.
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