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Narcissism is at an all time high

July 24, 2012

When I awoke on friday morning to an array of missed phone calls and texts from family and friends I knew that something tragic must have happened.  They were all checking in to make sure that I was ok.  Fortunately I was fast asleep when the 24 year old male walked into the midnight showing at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises”.  Unfortunately, twelve innocent  lives were lost that night and fifty eight others left wounded.  The heinous crime that the Aurora shooter committed when he went on a mass murder killing spree last week should be a wake up call to all of us.  Our nation is left feeling a combination of grief, anger, fear, resentment, and the question of why?  Why would an individual want to create such chaos to his own peers who he has had no relations with?  I refuse to mention the killer’s name because that is exactly what he wants.  This is a guy who up until friday morning at around 12am mountain time had a squeaky clean record.  He had never been arrested, and was labeled as very intelligent, and gifted in the sciences.  Straight A student, and was even described by his neighbor in his hometown of San Diego as “An all american boy”.  He would mow lawns, wash cars, help old ladies across the street.   The future looked bright for him, and then came the economy crash a few years ago.  Instead of ending up in a science lab, he was forced to get a job at McDonalds.  This immediately probably led to him beginning to blame others for his failure to get a job that catered to his abilities.  He felt humiliated, and resentment toward society and all it was cracked up to be.  Life and reality hit this guy in the face, and he decided to retaliate in the worst way possible.  Narcissistic describes one as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity.  The shooter grew up thinking that he was going to win a nobel prize in science.  He worked his ass off to be at the top of his class and wanted the world to know how great he was.  When things didn’t work out as planned he began putting all of his energy into figuring out a way to gain infamous notoriety instead of aiming for being revered.

Whenever something catastrophic happens its usually when the public calls for action and a drastic change.  The fact that this individual was able to purchase multiple types of guns, and countless ammunition right from his laptop is concerning to say the least.  With the presidential election only a few months away its obvious after the tragic event from Friday morning that gun laws is going to be a very hot topic.  With how unsettling the economy has been for the last four years its shocking to me that this type of tragedy doesn’t occur more often.  Narcissism is at an all time high.  Advancements in technology has made the world smaller and easily accessible.  The young generation is obsessed with being noticed, and the idea of gaining fame seems to be more important than the reality in life.   To all of the people that were directly affected in the shooting last week, I am truly sorry.  All that we can do at this point is keep on living and trying to make the world a better place.  As cliche as that sounds, what else are we supposed to do?  Just remember to always be friendly to people because you never know what they are going through.  Their road traveled is always a lot harder than yours.  Put your all into every single day, last week’s tragedy reminds us all how fragile life really is.

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