His big problem was not massive student debt or his crappy minimum wage job. Money wasn't a problem for him, he could afford an arsenal of pistols so he could mow down whoever was in front of him on his "Day Of Retribution." Guns certainly are easy to get in the good old U.S. But Elliot Rodger real problem seemed to be that he should have had all the sex he wanted and women shouldn't have a choice in the matter.
Whats even more mind blowing is that the family reached out to authorities about their child's disturbing videos to no avail.
What is really chilling is the sense of entitlement this kid had. It didn't seem to occur to him that women had the right not to spend time in his company. He brags about the BMW his father bought him and how he's "the ultimate gentleman." I can't imagine what would have happened to a woman if she got in that car with him. The most disturbing thing is that he looks so innocent, which probably kept him out of jail or a psych ward.
This is known as the "mask of sanity." We live in a narcissistic society, the fact is that sociopaths and psychopaths are part of our everyday life. They aren't always mass murderers or serial killers. They are capable of causing chaos and they don't need a gun to do it.
Most narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths usually are able to charm their way with the power of bullshit into women's lives. Psychopaths, narcissists and sociopaths usually can't be helped by psychiatry, they don't think anythings wrong with them, they can talk their way out of any situation and usually evade any real diagnosis. Most of the time when you read about sociopaths in our culture, it's a big success story about what great business leaders or CEO's they are. People never think it's the guy next door who abuses his family, then smiles and waves at you. You know somethings not right, but you just can't put your finger on it.
It is difficult to feel sorry for these individuals. It is harder still to acknowledge that there are people who just can't be helped. No amount of kinder, gentler, humane treatment could ever be a solution for people who are ruthless in their behavior and want retribution for real or imagined slights. There are an estimated 12 million sociopaths in this country, it's been suggested that sociopathic politicians and bankers brought this country to the sorry economic place it's in today. I expect this problem to get worse and incidents like these mass murders will continue. Yes, gun control is a problem, but Rodger also used a knife to kill. Mental help for this kid was ineffective. Calls to the authorities failed. These people are everywhere, rarely, do people acknowledge it and no one knows what to do about it.
An interesting take on this tragedy; What Elliot Rodger Said About Women Reveals Why We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny - PolicyMic
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