posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 11:09 PM
The interesting part is that for many whether he is found innocent or guilty in a court of law is actually not that crucial ... some want it to be
resolved quickly in a convenient way that their mind can process, and some will believe that he's not the guy even if he is found guilty for
everything has to be a conspiracy.
The worrying part of all this isn't the above because that is always the case ... the worrying part as I have observed it, is the intellectual,
logical, and ethical corner some are reasoning themselves into. Because in their haste to understand this extreme act, so many folks' knee jerk
reaction both on ATS and the media at large is to throw around convenient mental labels like 'nut job' 'schizophrenic' 'loony' etc ...
The problem with this is the following ... by calling him 'crazy' because his acts seem crazy, you are absolving him of responsibility, and most who
are calling him a 'nut job' now to mentally process his acts will be outraged later should he get off on an insanity defense.
Now I understand that legally insane and calling someone a 'nut job' serve different purposes, but the truth is and as the OP partly points out,
neither processes have been seen through their course to make a definitive call. Where the OP's premise seems slightly flawed is that it seems based
on the idea that most have prejudged this man ... truth is some have some haven't. Most are doing precisely what ATS is for and simply discussing
it, and doing so doesn't mean they have made up their minds either way.
Ultimately so much of this is simply about the mind trying to accommodate that for which it has no box ... people who have these acts in them are
incomprehensible to most of us, they might as well be aliens, so in the end we can call them guilty/innocent/crazy/monsters but we really don't know
what they are and any label is a desperate approximation to explain the unexplainable. And we'll either put him in a box, or stick a needle in him,
wash our hands of it ... until the next time it happens and we are surprised all over again.
edit on 13 Jan 2011 by schrodingers dog because: (no reason given)