a reply to: EternalSolace
I believe that the answer to your question has nothing to do with either the unintelligent, or the average man or woman in the street, aside that they
are victims of it, rather than drivers of it.
The cause of death at human hands is not a single faceted thing. Some kill because they are insane, having a disease of the mind which prevents them
from being able to reason, and having abandoned reason, have no control over themselves what so ever. When these individuals kill, they cannot be said
to be responsible for their actions, because they had no control, or even awareness of them in some cases.
But for those who kill while in possession of their reason, there are many more drivers, factors playing into how a death might come about. There are
those who kill for greed, gangsters, drug runners, gun runners, racketeers, muggers, home invaders, those whose motivations have to do with acquiring
as much money as possible, by illegal and nefarious means. They are not always, or even often particularly unintelligent people, nor average in the
way that you mean it. Sometimes the routes by which a person winds up becoming one of these criminals are not as simply explained as one would like.
It is not always the case that an individual who winds up in that life is necessarily evil, but may, just by way of circumstance of birth, or social
status, feel confined by his or her environment, realise their lack of opportunity if they play it straight, and fall in with a crowd which seems to
lend them power, and offer the individual opportunities to gain financially that they would not otherwise have. This seems, on the face of it, to be a
poor reason to involve oneself in anything, but that is because one generally looks upon these things without understanding nuances of the lives that
are lived by these individuals before they join such an outfit. Abuse, destitution, sickness of parent or sibling, overwhelming responsibility and a
feeling of a lack of power can induce a person to become what they otherwise would not. So environment and upbringing play a very large role.
There are other factors which play into whether or not a person becomes a killer. Whether we like to admit this or not, western society is no less
prone to people being driven to kill by religious and/or political propagandism. If you tell a person that their life is in peril, that their nation
is under threat, that there is a scapegoat, an entire demography that is at fault for the ills of the whole nation, then eventually someone is going
to react, someone who is at the thin end of the wedge, someone who has lost a job, or a family member to one or another incident tangentially linked
to the demography or situation being isolated as the threat, by propagandists. Though these incidents can often be linked to one or another form of
mental illness, since you have to be insane to kill unless there is a knife at your neck in the LITERAL sense, they are worth mentioning because
people being driven deliberately mad by manipulation, is not the same as people being born with a neurological or neurophysical condition, and then
deciding to kill. Similar in some ways, but not the same in the least.
Then you have the sort of killing that happens when the sworn defenders of one place or thing, are thrown into conflict with the sworn defenders of
another place or thing. This happens, currently at least, when the governments of one group of nations, decide to destabilise another group of nations
to make them easier to manipulate, control, and plunder using proxy groups like the Taliban, ISIS and AQ, funding a bogeyman to justify placing assets
on the ground in sovereign nations, causing conflicts so huge and staged as to make the body count resulting all the more disgusting and outrageous.
These conflicts are generally caused by the very same manipulators as drive prejudice and discord within their own nations, as described in the
paragraph above this one.
These last two paragraphs deal with those who induce others to kill by wielding power, both political and financial, with the aim of gaining more of
both, and consolidating what power and wealth they already possess. The interesting thing about both of those concepts, is that both killers driven by
phobia inflating news media under the order of political and financial blocs, AND those who kill under orders, for a flag or belief, are in a similar
position of victimhood, both fooled into fighting one a other under the orders and influence of the same money, same secret masters, same lies, but
Much of the death in the world, caused by human hands, is basically rooted in greed, either for money, power or both, envy, fear, and insanity.
We could reduce much of it by eliminating the power structures which are used against us all to control our opinions, our actions, and our pockets,
by taking power back for the people, refusing to be placed into blocks, holes, groups and lobbies, reclaiming the power for the individual, and
preventing a mass from being led.