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[–] Echo_of_Savages 0 points 33 points (+33|-0) ago 

Well look at how we treat mental illness currently. We give kids drugs man. Fucking amphetamines. Then when they grow up, we give them even more drugs. Zoloft. SSRIs. MAO inhibitors. Fucking cocktails of chemicals. We are putting a bandaid on a broken bone.

I have a hypothesis that modern america is driving people crazy. This internet thing and social media, the idea that the only value we have as a human being is 10 bucks an hour, the idea that we have to sell our lives to debt, to student loan debt, to credit card debt, to "credit" in order to live. It's "keeping up with the joneses" on steroids. It's American individualism to the point where we have lost all sense of community. It's christianity shaming our sexual urges. It's the underlying tide of racism. It's isolation. It's living in the world's richest country with Skid Row around the block. It's cognitive dissonance. It's living in the land of the free but I can't smoke a joint. It's our food. It's shitty parents who fuck up their kids. It's third-wave feminism telling girls that they are weak. It's the lack of masculinity. It's entitlement. It's political correctness. It's men who lash out against society. It's what Ted Kaczynski warned us about. /rant

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[–] Endfall 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I agree with this comment completely. The answer that I found was to simply view life as a black comedy that I play a part in. One day, I'm probably going to be shot to death by the latest lone gunman, or a cop, or a racist, and you know what? If my body is still capable of it, I'm going to go out with a fucking smile. Because when you smile, the world laughs at you, but when you cry, you suffer alone.

:)

It means nothing, of course. We're all dead already, anyway.

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[–] pequenopete 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have a hypothesis that modern america is driving people crazy... It's American individualism to the point where we have lost all sense of community.

I think you might be on to something here. Definitely in most of these cases the gunmen feel a profound sense of isolation from the world. To the extent that they feel themselves completely separate from the 'other' everyday people they choose to turn their wrath towards. I also believe that as well as isolation in all these case they feel a strong sense of impotence. They find themselves in a system they perceive as corrupt and where they essentially have no control. So they feel disenfranchised of all power to change their lives or the system itself. It's after a long time at this point that they decide the one way to assert their dominance is to wreck havoc on their environment and their perceived enemies in violent expression. It gives them one burst of total control in opposition to the years of powerlessness they have felt.

Ted Kaczynski now there's an classic example of Heller's quote, "Just because your paranoid don't mean there not after you.". He had been a victim of the government, he knew exactly what they were like, how they would destroy peoples lives, peoples sanity for whatever they decided was the greater good. Chew them up and spit them out. I'm not trying to condone his actions but he was very much a product of his environment.

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[–] Echo_of_Savages 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's Fight Club

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[–] ABACABB 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm on board with your rant. Your mention of Kaczynski made me want to brush up on his points so I read the the Wikipedia on it and holy shit.

"Those who are most sensitive about "politically incorrect" terminology are not the average black ghetto-dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any "oppressed" group but come from privileged strata of society."

He fucking called SJW's like 20 years ago...

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[–] KoKansei 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm going to go right ahead and say it: Kaczynski's manifesto was right about a lot of things. It's not a perfect document, but you owe it to yourself to read the whole thing if you have time.

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[–] Echo_of_Savages 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It is. And I feel like we are dividing even more thanks to online echo chambers. It's easier to disseminate misinformation, and corral people into this side or that side. Even though there's so much Truth online, most people are too lazy/dumb to figure things out for themselves and rely on the words of others to shape their thoughts. Even you and me, our thoughts are shaped by the information we seek on the Web. Damn.