A superficial survey of the masses murdering Elliot Rodger and the mass murdering ISIS may only draw one, maybe two common threads. They're both murderers and they're both crazy. After coming to this conclusion most people whilst sipping on their $7 cup of lattes in the unaffected suburbs will then continue on their life, more concerned with whether they should pick up a copy of People magazine to catch up on all the pointless Hollywood gossip.
However, as my brain is wont to do, it wanders and thinks during my roadtrips, adventures and hikes, coming up with epiphanies that people stuck in cubicles and rush hour never have the opportunity to. And my latest great western road trip was no different as I discovered the key thing Elliot Rodger and ISIS have in common (heading south bound on 79 out of Rapid City no less). And if we take the time to identify it, think it through, we can prevent the likes of Rodger's rampage and ISIS's, even radical muslims thirst for blood.
Understand the most powerful force in the universe is not gravity, it's not electromagnetic radiation, and it's not nuclear power.
It's the human male.
Yes, yes, I know physicists will disagree as to the pure mathematical energy that can be measured, but in terms of what has come under control, managed, and been directed towards accomplishing the most amount of good it is not the non-sentient energies that be in the universe, but rather the human male.
It is without a doubt that nearly everything on the planet has been built by men. Civilization, math, engineering, capitalism, chemistry, literature, surgery, vaccines, nuclear power, electronic, communications, flight, space travel, you name it, men have built it. Matter of fact men are so energetic they've managed to master and control all the powers of the universe, bending them to our benefit and will, forever increasing the standards of living and life expectancies for all. This makes men not only the most interesting creature on the planet, but the nucleus and bedrock of society.
Where this limitless energy comes from is very simple - women. Men are programmed to want, desire and procreate with women. Many men also want to see their genetics cast out into the future in the form of children. Ergo a loving, beautiful, and loyal wife along with loving children are the batteries that power these amazing machines of innovation and progress.
But wives and children also serve a very vital role when it comes to the issue of men and their energy. One that puts their role in society on par with the importance of men - they channel men's energy.
Channel it to what?
Channel it to productive uses.
Without wives and children, mens energy has no ultimate point or purpose. And sadly, just because a man does not have a wife or child does not mean that energy goes away. It's still there, it just now has nowhere to be invested in nor a purpose to be invested wisely. And it is here where the dangerous side of men lies.
Imagine, if you will, a single man as if he were the plutonium used in the Fat Man atom bomb. This 6.2 kilograms of plutonium had 21 kilotons of potential energy. Also know that that energy MUST be expended. The man is going to burn that energy one way or another over the course of his life. So what is the best way to expend it?
Well, like nuclear power it can be expended in a very helpful way...
or a VERY destructive way.
The helpful way would be like a nuclear reactor providing nearly limitless energy and power to cities and society. It can heat homes, power industries, light the night and make life incredibly better for all of us.
Or it can be used to destroy and lay waste to society. Level cities, kill millions, wage war and end human life on this planet.
And now you see the importance of having women and family in life, as well as the commonality between Elliot Rodger and ISIS.
Without going into a great and detailed psycho-family analysis of the two, both Elliot and ISIS lacked the guidance, familial structure, and incentive to properly and productively channel their energy. The guidance coming from fathers who were either effectively absent (in Elliot's case) or dead/brainwashed by Islam (in ISIS members' case), never existed. Thus, the PRIMARY individual in their lives that would have taught them about how to go about getting a wife and children (their dads) were either not there or so impaired by a religious ideology things like "game" "wooing" and "charm" were never conveyed to their sons. Without these tools the Rodgers and ISIS's of the world were unable to attract women, denying them wives and families, thus denying purpose and agency to their lives. Worse still, with no children or loved ones in their lives, they had no incentive to be good stewards of the future, and thus no incentive to channel their energies productively.
Naturally, many of you will point out that just because a man does not have a point or purpose in life, does not mean he will use his excess energy for evil. Why not channel them for good? Why do you so pessimistically assume men will default towards destruction and evil? And while that is certainly true and there are many examples of philanthropists and altruists abound, the sad truth is that human psychology will typically default towards ego and laziness. And this is where the Destruction Principle and Crusaderism come into play.
Ever so abbreviating both, understand the human mind wants to belong to something and have SOME KIND of value. But if either through society, a recession, or a lack of interest from women, etc., no such opportunities to belong to something good and productive exist (a career, a family, etc.), people will go and create it out of whole cloth. Thus "crusades" that claim to be "helping" society, that are in reality nothing more than havens for worthless, talentless people to give themselves some kind of "faux" meaning or purpose in life:
Born again Christians
African aid/mission trips
Where these "crusades" become particularly evil is on two accounts. One, participants in these crusades do NOT care about society as much as they do themselves. They don't care about the whales, they don't care about "the poor," they are doing it first and foremost for their ego. And whether or not their crusades and their demands actually hurt society (by increasing poverty, lowering unemployment, confiscating other people's money, etc) does not matter to them, because making society suffer (either through higher taxes or lower future performance) is less important than making their egos feel good.
Two, in pursuing crusades that are not based in reality, but rather ego-masturbation, they are diametrically put against reality. This means any success society has had in the past 5,000 years by adhering to reality has to be criminalized and villainized, and ultimately destroyed by these people. Capitalism, freedom, nuclear families, individualism, success, excellence, men, patriarchy, etc. any pillar of success is one that needs to be torn down. Thus, the majority of "successes" and "accomplishments" these type of people point to on their resume is NOT one of "building something" or "creation," but rather destroying something, stopping something, or preventing something.
Now, this mental disease of The Destruction Principle and Crusaderism is nothing "too" dangerous on its own. Wimpy effeminate men will join hairy armpitted women on a whole host of whinny and complaining campaigns, voting for socialism, economic justice and whatnot as they join OWS and protest in cardboard boxes. The worst outcome is they vote for socialism and slowly destroy the underlying economic infrastructure of society.
However you add The Destruction Principle and Crusaderism to men who still have testosterone and combine it with a lack of purpose and agency, and you now have the most dangerous and volatile cocktail for young men. And with nowhere else to go, and no productive use for their energies, these men will not lash out in a form of amazing production and charity, but rather death, mayhem, destruction and terror all in a self-aggrandizing way. Thus your Elliot Rodgers, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, James Holmes, Tsarnaev brothers, etc.
The solution is one that modern day western civilization is not willing to accept today. We need to put men at the center of society, ensuring they are raised right to ensure their energies are used for good and not evil. This unfortunately means making fathers head of the household and championing the nuclear family as the bedrock of civilization. It also means women (if they wish to have a family) will have to actually be wives and mothers first and foremost instead of temporary incubators for human children that are to be outsourced to the state for raising so she can get back to her career as a "non-profit marketing director."
Until that time the most powerful force in the universe will continue to go increasingly unchecked and unhoned to the risk and detriment of the world.
Aaron Clarey is a mean, evil jerk and writes mean things that hurts weaker people's feelings frequently. He is the author of "Enjoy the Decline" and "Bachelor Pad Economics" among other literary works. He hosts The Clarey Podcast and his Youtube channel where he does stupid "white-maley" things like using statistics, logic, math, facts and the truth because he's a jerk. He's also a racist, mysoginist, sexist, homophobe that hunts kittens and kicks puppies for fun, when he's not too busy stealing the oxygen tanks of nursing home patients.