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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Social Rejection As Excuse For Murder? The World Gone Mad
The recent murder rampage by California college student Elliot Rodger who decided to destroy what he perceived he couldn't have brings to light an old 2010 commentary about the Tyler Clementi suicide.
Clementi, you may recall, was the Rutgers University freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge in the wake of his humiliation from his romantic encounter with another man being captured on the webcam of Clementi's roommate and subsequently distributed. Clementi, who was presumed but never proven to be gay (quick note: my point is not his sexuality -- an irrelevant issue -- but the unseemly preoccupation with establishing his sexual identity for purposes of group politics by others), apparently responded to his roommate's discomfort (taken as rejection) by committing suicide.
From a different corner of the blogosphere: Here's one take on the therapy culture's supposed role in pushing Elliot Rodger to his end.
An interim point I will make: The theme of wanting to destroy what one cannot have (or achieve) is a dangerous one and deserves the highest scorn. The theme is destructive in its essence. Related emotions of envy and jealousy are percolating under the surface. These emotions appear to have become more prevalent -- or at a minimum, more openly displayed and tolerated -- in today's social media dominated culture and these are troubling trends.