Today's topic (in regard to the a-hole who felt the need to kill 26 innocent people, the majority of which being children) is going to be motive. Because if you follow the stories in the media, there has to be motive, right? There has to have been a reason that said aforementioned a-hole would commit such a heinous crime. What was his motive?
Seriously, every time I read an article (as I can barely stand to listen to the news anymore) that mentions how they're still "searching" for a "motive" I want to claw my eyeballs out with a shrimp fork. Can anyone put me in touch with said searchers? Because I can save them a heck of a lot of time on this one.
First of all, why the need to have a motive? Why isn't "he was crazy" ample explanation and justification for such a thing? If you're asking me, it's the most logical explanation and, quite frankly, the one that I would actually want to hear. What's the alternative? That a perfectly sane and rational person was capable of doing such a horrible thing? There are a heck of a lot more sane and rational people (technically) walking around than there are crazy people walking around. Do you really think that they would have the "motive" and the intent and the capability of carrying something like this out? Really? I don't. Rational and sane people figure ways around their problems that don't involve killing little children when they're at school.
The hesitancy for anyone to just call this what it is confuses and saddens me. Mental illness (and "crazy" IS a mental illness) is something that is real and that needs to be addressed. But no one wants to talk about it even when it's all up in our faces like it is right now! If this isn't the time to talk about mental disorders, then I don't know when would be the time to talk about it. I do, however, think I know why no one wants to talk about it. It's because we've become such a "feel good" society that never likes to lay blame on anything that the collective we (that being society) feel should be coddled and cared for rather than treated. See, mental illness is something that just happens. You can't control whether you get it or not. And we've become a society where if there is something about you that isn't quite right, it is just supposed to be accepted and not ostracized. And that's a good thing up to a point. Sure, you don't want to evict anyone from your tribe because they're a different color or because they're gay or because they're in a wheelchair. You want to accept those people for who they are and not try to make them change to fit in with the rest of the tribe. This line of thinking seems to be ooching its way into how people deal with mental illness. The problem with that is that mental illness is something that can be dealt with and the behaviors that it exhibits can be changed. But you have to get to the point where you're ready to acknowledge not only is someone mentally ill, but that there's a problem with that. Society isn't quite there yet.
I'm not sure how we're going to need to go about getting the stigma mental illness to go away and to let people know that it's OK to get treatment for problems that originate within their brain. It might help if treatment were a little bit easier to get. It would definitely help if more treatment was paid for by insurance. Again, I doubt that there's just one answer, but we have to start being OK with talking about it. People can be crazy. And I mean freaking bat s**t nuts. We have to start doing something about how they're treated (professionally, not casually). I don't know what the definitive answer is, but I do know that if it is never talked about, we're never going to figure this out.
And in conclusion, there will be NO motive found that will EVER make ANYONE go "Oh! Oh, so that's why he killed 20 children and 6 adults! Oh, I get it now! It makes total sense. I'm good." That's not going to happen. You're going to find a lot more solace in just accepting that he was crazy. At least that makes sense.
Tomorrow: "Assault weapons and Congress. How far up their arse are their heads?"