“Death wins nothing here,
gnawing wings that amputate––
then spread, lift up, fly.”
–from Journey through the Power of the Rainbow,
Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry (Aberjhani)
Continued from PART 1
Rodger told himself in particular that “women rejected” him and therefore deserved punishment while knowing nothing about these anonymous women’s personal realities. And most damning of all, the mental model on which he relied convinced him that destroying life was the only way to conquer life. The possibility that he might discover joy and live peacefully outside his extremely narrow conceptions seems to have never occurred to him.
I had undertaken the completion of Journey through the Power of the Rainbow in the first place partly to help individuals, in general, construct healthier perspectives for looking at and dealing with existence as we know it in the 21st century. Rodger’s deadly rampage was a vicious reminder––not that anybody required one with the civil disruptions in Ukraine and Syria still disturbing the collective peace–– that humanity itself still needs to “get the work done” when it comes to dismantling belief in violence as a solution to disagreements or disappointments.
For the full post by Aberjhani please click the link:
Maya Angelou, Elliot Rodger, and Getting the Work Done (part 2) – Bright Skylark Literary Productions.