EllieBee 
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Re: “The Crazed Internet Rantings of Jared Loughner

This really isn't that hard to understand. His final words are a basic lesson from a postmodern theory class- what would government be without language? The entire video with his "final thoughts" is just him using the law of syllogism to describe a series of examples of how societies throughout history have created artificial systems of time, money, and language and he seems to allude to a theme of empowerment that he wants to bestow on his audience. The few sentences about his receiving a mini bible while being recruited for the army are probably a testimony to his own personal feelings about the man-made system of religion and how since he didn't list a religion, the recruiter listed him as "none"-- another lesson from postmodern teachings is government's desire to categorize us, even if the category is 'null' and how this practice has affected minorities historically and today. The mini bible and "Relgion: None" incident may have been a moment in his life where postmodern theory applied for him.

I don't sympathize with the man's actions, but I have been in his mindset, before- minus the violence. I thought there were people in power who were corrupt while I was doing a school research project on politics and developed paranoia that I was being tracked and my doom at the hands of the right-wing was imminent. I was hospitalized, medicated, and recovered. Some killers are just idiots, but this man seemed to just have had a misguided education in postmodern theory. When you're in that psychotic state of mind and armed with what you feel is a valid theory, the only cure is to argue with somebody who is more logical than you and can help you see the fallacies of your delusions as well as the weak spots if not the fallacies of the theory. Acute hospitalization and medication only made my paranoia worse. I'm lucky to have an attorney as a father who had the patience to let me argue out all of my fallacies and set my mind straight, again.

It is unfortunate that this man did not get the kind of help that I did. My thoughts are with the victims. Drawing from my experiences, I'm hoping to make a career out of mental health care reform and maybe, one day, these incidents can at least be minimized with the right resources.

Posted by EllieBee on 01/09/2011 at 1:32 AM

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