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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Hatred Abounds

  Man is conceived in sin
and born in corruption
and he passeth from the stink of the didie
to the stench of the shroud 
--All the King's Men, 
 Robert Penn Warren

I'd rather you were dead
than be a fuckin' faggot
--American Beauty (1999)

 Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky 
---Imagine, John Lennon
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Scenarios are created by words in context. We are not a very serious people today, and require inflammatory rhetoric to keep us online and connected in even the fragile and tenuous way that we are when we subsume the "news feed", such as it is.

Of course, we are not connected with the truth, but only the facts with which we are presented, so we can only know those things which are fed to us.

A number of incidents over the past few weeks have struck me as either so unworthy of the coverage or of the sort it received. These stories are so tortuously constructed that they become, well, torturous. The stores are difficult because they are being used to front an agenda, instead of to understand who we are. I will write about several over the next few days.

Violence is the common thread, so the relevance to our project at RangerAgainstWar is solid.

Today, I will mention the shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed and slightly more than that number were wounded. The shooter, Omar Mateen, had been a regular at the club and used a gay chat app over the course of a year with one of the customers.

Yes, Mateen claimed the kills for ISIS, but no one has asked the serious questions that must be asked if this sort of thing is to be extinguished.

First, his father said (after the requisite "I love America" spiel) that his son did not like gays. Mateen's ex-wife confirmed this, and it seems the father did not much like gays, either. This is a virulent hatred with which his parents did not seek help, and which most likely was learned and encouraged.

If the parents did not establish the hatred in the cauldron of the home, a hatred which would be in keeping with devout Muslim precepts, then at least it was never addressed as a pathology.

Mateen's behaviors sync with those of a self-loathing homosexual: he was abusive to his first wife (who escaped with the help of her family), and he was a regular at the gay nightclub. His sexual orientation was at odds with those sanctioned by his religion. He was closeted, like the Marine father in the film, American Beauty. Repression will out, often in explosive ways.

Another recent shooter who went into his comfortable fishbowl to shoot -- Dylann Root, in Charleston -- had also cased the joint well, and the regulars at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church also welcomed him inside the perimeter.

Press photos of Mr. Root show him in various poses with the Confederate flag and other classic white power paraphernalia. His hatred and fear of blacks overtaking the country was ab origine. He did not have original or strange ideations; he simply parroted what he heard. He took it a step further than most of his ilk who mutter their disdain sotto voce. Dylann Root wanted to be a hero.

So that is how you stop these spectacularly violent events: you rout out hatred and violence. You start at the cradle and you master your own ego before having children, or before joining a church.

Just that. But that is not how Homo sapien is wired, so we go on killing and hating better, enlisting our boundless and unremitting ego and opposable thumbs in the service of our hatred and violence.

At least we could be honest about it, and stop saying, "Gol-ly!" every time  something like this happens. Condoleezza Rice's disingenuous, "No one could have imagined them taking a plane" stance has worn quite thin.

The precedents abound. Imagine it.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Ael said...

And yet, no need for despair.

Humans are learning how to restrain violence.

Particularly over the long haul.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ael,

No need for despair, but the stupidity and hypocrisy must be addressed.

Pinker's macro assessment is correct, but he wrote before the continuing micro-violent reality of our Not-Brave New World, and it is these acts which will insiidiously erode our sense of comfort and place.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 11:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger mike said...

"His sexual orientation was at odds with those sanctioned by his religion."

Maybe by ISIL-Daesh, they have been throwing gays off of rooftops in Mosul and Raqqa. But I understood there is an awful lot of b~mf~cking going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Most of it by men on boys. Bacha Bazi they call it. And very open about it. Perhaps they got it from Alexander's army??? And wasn't the Miami shooter of Afghani heritage?


http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/10/28/bacha-bazi-an-afghan-tragedy/

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/10/28/bacha-bazi-an-afghan-tragedy/

Or maybe I am just assuming it is more widespread there than it is anywhere else?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

I believe you are quite correct. But it's pure exploitation by those with power over the boys. It's a horrid disregard and mutation of their supposed religious beliefs.

Yes, the Orlando shooter was of Afghani lineage, and I think that's the difference. As in the film "American Beauty", when the frustrated closeted Marine character wanted to kill someone he felt was gay to discharge his fury, he killed that one person (played by Kevin Spacey).

The Afghan is taking his cues from his culture and the nightly news, and so killed in a spectacular manner befitting his probable psychopathy (or at least, what we call psychopathy.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 9:32:00 AM GMT-5  

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