Violence is nothing new, although in light of the current condition of the world, it may at first glance appear somehow more shocking; we recoil, and wonder what has gone wrong- never thinking to reflect upon the fact that violence is the default state of humanity, and anything else is a luxury. Still, it is a problem, and problems have solutions. However, virtually nobody really understands the problem of violence today- mostly because nobody who has the power to do anything about it is really interested in a solution. Shootings, after all, are both politically and financially useful, not to mention dramatic; they appeal perversely to the uncivilized barbarian in each of us, and we simply cannot turn away from the spectacle, no matter how morbid, no matter how tragic.
The media knows this, and has been admitting it for decades: “If it bleeds, it leads.”
Just look at the ratings.
And so we focus upon the most dramatic aspect of the story- the part that sells; we focus upon firearms, for instance, or we focus upon poverty. But firearms and poverty are merely a symptom of a much deeper and far more difficult problem…
In order to solve this problem, however, we must first ask ourselves why so many young, disaffected men- and they are young, disaffected men, all of them- feel so isolated, and so alienated. Because mass shootings are without a doubt a modern problem; such events were virtually unthinkable even half a century ago. So what happened? How did such horrifying violence suddenly become so damnably commonplace? What did we do to cause this trend (and we did do something)?
It did not simply magic itself into being.
The secret may be revealed in “the manifesto.” So many of these young men leave their thoughts behind after the fact. More and more often, we see them leave behind “the manifesto,” that biography of confusion and frustration. And these manifestos share a number of themes, including:
However, what is most critical is the fact that “the manifesto” exists at all. Because what is a manifesto but a desire to be heard? And this, ultimately, is the problem: With each passing year, more and more young men find themselves feeling that they are not being heard, that they are not being listened to, that their problems are not being addressed- and this is resulting in a pervasive sense of nihilism, social alienation, and failed romantic relationships (we will focus on this last point, incidentally).
The question is: What changed in modern society that resulted in that feeling of not being heard, of no longer being a part of society but rather outcast and alienated- and therefore in the feeling of being justified in doing it harm? And for that answer, we must turn to the sexual revolution. Because the sexual revolution resulted in a number of changes to society that were extremely damaging to young men in particular:
Because the sexual revolution began to eat away at the fabric of monogamy itself, it resulted in a rapid and dramatic shift in social mores. In some sense, it resulted in a regression to an older form of society, with looser social ties and more ambiguous relationships between men and women. Even cuckoldry and polyamory have found themselves becoming popular once again. However, en vogue or not, such “arrangements” are psychosexually disastrous- both for men and for women-, but because men are by nature more violent than women, and tend to express their frustrations through physical violence more often, the consequences of psychosexual frustration in men are far more dramatic, and far more dangerous.
Historically speaking, monogamy stabilizes society. Without monogamy, rich and powerful men tend to hoard women, which results in many men being left without a partner; there is even a modern term for such men: INCEL (that is, involuntary celibates). This diminishment of the number of available sexual partners increases the risk of violence among men, and by a ridiculous margin. Such a situation has more often than not resulted in sky-high murder rates in non-monogamous societies (I recall reading once about a particular tribe in which 100% of the males in the tribe had murdered another male of the tribe at some point); with the institution of monogamy, however, comes peace, both personally and culturally. And so there is a very real psychological mechanism underlying the sexual frustrations of these young men who are driven to such horrific ends in order to be heard, to be noticed, to be recognized- as men, as men worthy of being heard, noticed, and recognized.
Their logic is distorted, obviously. But that is entirely the point: Our society is creating and perpetuating psychosexual distortion; this is resulting in real, physical violence on an unheard of scale- and that is a problem. Because the very structure of modern society is contradictory to our shared evolutionary programming, and thus, to psychosexual health in general. As a result, greater and greater numbers of young men are finding themselves feeling lost, confused, frustrated, and without leadership; they have no sense of belonging to society, and no sense of society belonging to them; the world, for them, is entirely alien and enemy- and until that problem is addressed, any other so-called “solution” is destined to fail.
~ Joshua van Asakinda
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