Isla Vista Mourns

By The Prophet of Life

     Today, the small, upscale community of Isla Vista is mourning the death of six of its residents. On Saturday 22 year old Eliot Rogers stabbed three people in his apartment and then took to the streets in a Black BMW, shooting to death 2 women walking down the street and a mad standing outside of a deli before killing himself. Rogers also injured 6 other people in his rampage.

     Rogers had written a 150 page manifesto called “Twisted World” and posted several disturbing videos on You Tube one the day of his murderous rampage. On that particular video, Rogers describes his anger and contempt for happy couples, enjoying sexual relations while he lingers in the status of a virgin, rejected by the pretty females of the world in favor of other men. He swore he would make them all pay as he exacted his retribution on his enemies.

     Rogers the son o a Hollywood movie producer was a quiet boy. He had Aspurger’s Syndrome and was considered a high functioning autistic. Rogers had a therapist and that therapist had called the police to Elliot’s apartment to do a welfare check on him within a month before the rampage but the police were fooled by Rogers’ quiet demeanor and cordial attitude. They weren’t aware of Rogers’ previous rampages where he threw coffee or tea or orange juice on couples that were affectionate in public places. In later months, he was fixated upon attracting girls by becoming a millionaire through winning the lotto but his anger and frustration intensified when he never won it.

     There have been a good number of media and social media moments. On Saturday, the father of one of the victims got up on the microphone about an hour before a press conference was slated to begin and blamed the shooting on the National Rifle Associations stranglehold on U.S. politicians.  He asked why his son, who was just a college student, had to die. He asked Why America as a nation allows such a thing to happen and why we don’t all unite and say not one more innocent victim! Actor Michael Douglas Insta-grammed a photo of himself in a UCSB Alumni jacket with the words “My heart and thoughts are with you, UCSB Class of ‘68’.”  And actor Seth Rogan tweeted an angry response to a journalist who suggested that Rogers got the idea of his rampage from his current movie “Neighbors” 

     So now, Elliot Rogers lies dead in a morgue along with six of his victims. There are vigils at UCSB and a UC campuses all over California. There are vigils and memorials at communities all over California because the victims went to high school and lived in other communities. They all had lives before UCSB.

     The Elliot Rogers story shows that even people who are well off and receive treatment can still go on murder sprees if they really want to. It shows that even if they put a video on You Tube, broadcasting their intentions before they do it, they cannot be stopped. As delusional as Rogers seemed on that You Tube video, he did bring out one important point. What do we, as a society, do with people who are different? Why do we make them outcasts? Why do we reject them? What is to become of them?

     Although he wasn’t bullied, Elliot Rogers was tortured. He was tortured by a disease that made it difficult for him to make friends, to talk to girls, or to express himself. He was tortured with the intelligence of knowing that he deserved better and the resultant anger in realizing that he wasn’t. The Monster Elliot Rogers wasn’t created overnight.  He evolved over many years and like it or not, our attitudes towards others who are different contributed to that evolution.

In true faith,

The Prophet of Life

 

Copyright 2014 Love Force International Publishing. All Rights Reserved

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