Monday, September 01, 2014

Alleged California killer had false sense of entitlement

5/30/2014

Some people have an aggravated sense of entitlement. That entitlement takes many forms from money to respect to an education to good health to sex to who knows what else. More often than not someone believes they are owed something for perceived sacrifices or other complicating aspects of their life. Privileged people, in particular, may believe they are owed and are deserving of whatever they want even if it means someone else’s adoration. One young man who objectified women and believed they owed him sex recently took that emotion to the extreme.

Elliot Rodger, 22, of Isla Vista, Calif., allegedly killed six people and injured 13 others May 23 in a deadly killing spree he planned and outlined in a 138-page written manifesto and in a video on YouTube. Rodger claimed to be a frustrated virgin, who despite driving a BMW, being a nice dresser and being “gorgeous” had never had a date, held a girl’s hand or even gotten positive attention from the beautiful girls who surrounded him at school.

Some people have an aggravated sense of entitlement. That entitlement takes many forms from money to respect to an education to good health to sex to who knows what else. More often than not someone believes they are owed something for perceived sacrifices or other complicating aspects of their life. Privileged people, in particular, may believe they are owed and are deserving of whatever they want even if it means someone else’s adoration. One young man who objectified women and believed they owed him sex recently took that emotion to the extreme.

Elliot Rodger, 22, of Isla Vista, Calif., allegedly killed six people and injured 13 others May 23 in a deadly killing spree he planned and outlined in a 138-page written manifesto and in a video on YouTube. Rodger claimed to be a frustrated virgin, who despite driving a BMW, being a nice dresser and being “gorgeous” had never had a date, held a girl’s hand or even gotten positive attention from the beautiful girls who surrounded him at school.

The killing spree and Rodger’s apparent sense of entitlement about women was the culmination of his self-described depressing and lonely life. A spokesman for Rodger’s parents said he had been in counseling since he was in elementary school and refused to take his prescribed medication. Still his mindset seemed to expect that good things come to him rather than that he would have to work for it.

“I am so magnificent,” Rodger said in his video. “I’m beautiful. I’ve traveled all over the world. I’m civilized. I have a sense of style yet you girls don’t see it... If I can’t have you girls I will destroy you.”

One of Rodger’s former college roommates instead described him as a recluse who rarely left his room in the apartment they briefly shared.

The tragic situation has drawn the ire of women around the country on social media as many use the hashtag “YesAllWomen to discuss the feelings many women have of simply being objects to some men rather than individuals.

“You girls have starved me of sex,” Rodgers said in the video before going into an explanation of how he was going to enter the hottest sorority house of University of California at Santa Barbara and then slaughter every single spoiled stuck up blonde XXXX that he saw there. In the end he ended up killing more men than women because he didn’t want other men to have a better life than him either.

“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you,” Rodgers said in the video. “You will finally see I am the superior one — the true alpha male ... I will be a God compared to you. Exacting my retribution and all who deserve just for the crime of living a better life than me... All of you sexually active men — I hate you.”

Society is failing some of our young people if those young adults believe they are deserving of all that they want.

Perhaps Rodger and others like him should think more like former President Abraham Lincoln said as it relates to people’s sense of entitlement. “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

Jeanny Sharp,

Editor and Publisher

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