Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Who’s to Blame?

Time Magazine has an insightful article about the Virginia Tech killings. It rightly looks past the surface issues and places the blame on mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui’s narcissistic worldview. The article may not quote Scripture (in fact, it quotes Freud instead), but the main point remains the same. I’d recommend reading the entire thing, but here are a few excerpts:

Psychologists from South Africa to Chicago have begun to recognize that extreme self-centeredness is the forest in these stories, and all the other things—guns, games, lyrics, pornography—are just trees. To list the traits of the narcissist is enough to prove the point: grandiosity, numbness to the needs and pain of others, emotional isolation, resentment and envy....

[Cho’s] florid writings and videos were an almanac of gripes. “I’m so lonely,” he moped to a teacher, failing to mention that he often refused to answer even when people said hello. Of course he was lonely....

There’s a telling moment in Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine, in which singer Marilyn Manson dismisses the idea that listening to his lyrics contributed to the disintegration of Harris and Klebold. What the Columbine killers needed, Manson suggests, was for someone to listen to them. This is the narcissist’s view of narcissism: everything would be fine if only he received more attention. The real problem can be found in the killer’s mirror.

(HT: Barbara Nicolosi)

2 comments:

Naomi Bogosian said...

Wow, the excerpt from that article was astounding. It sounded extremely harsh and unsympathetic and yet they've hit the nail on the head. These people are extremely self-centered and have an intense envy and hatred for all who they perceive as better off than they are.

It made me so sad though because they are lonely and they are miserable and the only one who can truly change that is Jesus, not a psychologist. Freud may be able to identify and label the problem with a cute scientific term, but Jesus is the only one who can truly solve it.

paul steele said...

Hmm.. Cap I just finished a post on narcissism on my blog (how ironic,) but I would say that narcissism is a problem of pandemic proportions right now, and is not isolated to these killers. They are merely the ones whose narcissism drove them to kill rather than to indulge themselves in the percieved comforts of materialism. I don't know if our shooter at VT was any more self-centered than, say, Donald Trump. Trump just happens to be using a far less destructive outlet.