Elliot Rodger

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that human beings have a mind that is capable of detaching itself from the intrinsic and natural circuitry of connection and empathy so necessary for life in the natural world and begin to operate within an isolated, extrinsically motivated and unnatural one constructed out of attempts to adapt to external contingencies. In the best case scenarios, you have people who have found success by conforming to external contingencies and, as disconnected as they may be from their essential nature, the power that their success in the world lends them insulates them against the isolation that goes with this disconnected consciousness. But, when that adaptation is not met with success and power, a deep existential resentment can set in. If that resentment constellates with an exaggerated sense of entitlement and narcissim, as would appear to be the case with Elliot Rodger, the consequences can be tragic. 

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