So apparently, some man shot up a community college in Oregon, killing ten and wounding seven others. It just depresses me to no end that the good ol’ USA is the site of so many tragedies like these. I left a long comment elaborating on my thoughts over at Robert Lindsay’s blog, which I’ll repost here (Apologies for not providing a link. WordPress for some reason isn’t allowing me to do so):
Here’s the thing. There have always been men who haven’t gotten any, and there are many men around the world who live sexless lives. Shit, I once read somewhere that 60% of young Japanese men don’t even have a friend of the opposite sex, much less a girlfriend.
And yet it’s only in the US – and to a smaller extent other Anglosphere countries – where these types of killings take place.
(I confess, I haven’t thoroughly researched this issue in other countries, so correct me if I’m wrong)
I think this country’s rabid individualism and Protestant Work Ethic ethos play a role. When you’re taught that you are completely on your own and that failure always marks you as a pathetic, worthless loser, then that’s bound to rankle people – especially men, since expectations for them are much higher.
(come to think of it, I have never heard a woman referred to as a “loser”)
Unfortunately, I already know how this is going to play out. Mainstream liberals will clamor for gun control; feminists will denounce the killer’s “aggrieved entitlement” and use this tragedy to denounce general misogyny; manosphere/pua types will push their “game saves lives” line; you’ll also probably get a few pro-gun/NRA types who will insist that if only the victims had guns, they could have defended themselves.
But something tells me that very few people will actually recognize that American culture as a whole is utterly toxic. When you live in an adversarial society where Ayn Randism and anomie are the norm, then you can’t act too shocked and horrified when certain maladjusted individuals go apeshit and demonstrate little regard for the lives of their fellow denizens.
And frankly, most Americans could care less about people being killed. I highly doubt that most lose any sleep – or even think about – the myriad victims of American drone attacks. I’m also pretty certain that they could care less about the millions of people in the Middle East who live lives characterized by violence and instability courtesy of Uncle Sam’s meddling. They’re just horrified when the violence hits too close to home.
Until Americans (especially white Americans) wake up and recognize that the US is utterly sick and in dire need of moral and cultural reform, expect more of these types of killings to occur.
So, what do you think accounts for the fact that so many rampage murders afflict the land of the free?