The headline reads, “Seven dead in drive by shooting in UC Santa Barbara.”
Virgin Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old college student who was unable to satisfy his selfish sexual desires, blamed the fact that he was a virgin on sorority women who scorned him. He would have his revenge by murdering as many as possible.
Like an onion, this horrific story has multiple layers. First, my condolences go out to all those parents and other family members who lost their loved ones in this senseless rampage, as well as to all those wounded in the incident.
The killer posted a Youtube video before he went on his killing spree. Though the video was removed, you can view it here.
He says in the video, “For the last eight years of my life, since I hit puberty, I’ve been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me. Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men, never to me.”
The second disturbing layer in this sad tale is this young man’s perspective on life. In our sex-saturated society, wherein the “hook-up” mentality reigns supreme, this 22-year-old virgin placed his desire to have sex as the driving force of his life.
But I thought going to college, studying hard to get that degree, and living a life of sacrifice so that you can go on to land a good job and earn enough money to raise a family, was the goal? Shame on me for thinking so old school. Times have certainly changed.
He goes on to say, “College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness…it’s not fair.”
In this murderer’s twisted, narcissistic world, scoring on sorority girls was the goal of his college life rather than obtaining a degree. It was all about him and having his carnal needs met. Evidently, he never read John F. Kennedy’s famous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
The third disturbing onion layer revolves around the question: When did the goal for someone going to college change from getting an education to losing your virginity? What is more disturbing, the fact that college has now become synonymous with sexual escapades or that this is what young men attend college for?
Is this what public education has come to in the USA?
Rodger’s parents are understandably distraught and were aware of his mental issues. As they deal with the grief of how their son could stoop to such a base crime, I can imagine their puzzlement when they read his words about what college is all about; certainly they did not pay their son’s college tuition just so that he could score on sorority women.
But what if this virgin actually went to this university believing that getting his sexual desires fulfilled was the very reason he enrolled? That this was what college was all about, and not necessarily getting that diploma at all? How twisted is this?
Lest we mock this and say it is too far-fetched to consider, the evidence clearly points to this truth: the death of at least six people. This deranged individual backed up his beliefs with action.
As the onion layer is pulled back further, what does this young man’s opinion on why the college experience exists say about our society? About the state of higher public education? About the ever increasing degeneracy of our moral values in this country? Young men’s obsession with sexual conquest?
If it is true that this killer’s warped perspective on college was an authentic representation of what he believed, how many others are roaming around college campuses with the same mentality? The same mounting frustrations? The same desire for revenge?
The video is full of disturbing statements and shows Rodger had deep issues. He writes that he is the “perfect guy,” the “supreme gentleman,” and that he doesn’t understand why women weren’t attracted to him. Might it be, young murderer, that you were throwing off such misogynistic vibes that they were understandably repelled by you? There are few things more tragic than self-deception, and this student was a casebook study.
“On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. All those girls I’ve desired so much…”
This student was mentally and spiritually warped, for he speaks about his simultaneous revulsion of these “spoiled, stuck-up blond sluts” and then admits that they are “[a]ll those girl’s I’ve desired so much…” It was truly a battle for him to simultaneously feel hatred and overwhelming desire towards women.
This unspeakable tragedy is another warning bell tolling for our country. America, as I wrote in another blog entry, is in serious trouble. I don’t know how many clearer warning signs of impending doom that God can give us other than those He already has shown us.
Though we hope this is an isolated aberration that will never be repeated, deep down we also know that such senseless acts are all to common.
If there was ever a time for America to get on our knees and beg God’s forgiveness and mercy, it was at least forty years ago. I fear any praying we might do as a nation will be too little and much too late.
The die is cast for our destruction.