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The New York Post ran an article recently by Maureen Callahan called Why Are Young American Men So Angry? She noted that mass shooters are fitting a common pattern, which flows into their general disposition of being angry:
From those mass shooters who have attacked the innocent before, we know it’s a specific strain of anger — deep, repressed, biblically vengeful — felt most commonly by young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized and all too often rejected by women.
Others - Erosion - Belonging - Barrage - Insults
Others are elaborating on the erosion of belonging, the constant barrage of insults toward men (“toxic” this and that), and the violence in video games and porn. This is getting closer, and there’s much to be said about the simulated rape and killing games on the screens that we let our little boys enjoy in their safe bedrooms, alone. There’s also much to be said about the death of place and culture.
But let’s focus in on this weird connection between a disordered relationship to women and violence, which, conversely, is a simultaneous lack of appropriate relationship to men (brotherly and fatherly).
Men - Relationship - Fathers - Mothers - Women
Violent men often have a strange and disordered relationship with their fathers and mothers and, relatedly, with women generally. This is not to say that mothers cause the problem of violence – far from it – but that mothers cannot direct and affirm masculinity the way men must, and in some this evolves into an unhealthy relationship to women, which can create a disposition towards violence. This can be caused by a mother that won’t “let go,” a father that won’t guide, discipline, and affirm, or a combination of the two. Very few turn actively violent, but boiling anger and confusion is within them, nonetheless. Lacking fatherly affirmation, they look for ways to prove to their mother,...
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