Our generation has seen tragedy in all of its forms. Massive storms, the September 11 events, murders, school shootings that we thought were as bad as they could be — and then earlier this week, the most extensive mass killing ever to take place at a school.
We, as a generation, have been called desensitized because of the events that have happened in our lives, and the attitudes we’ve had to adopt in order to continually deal with them. Granted, I can see how outsiders would think that.
However, if we’re the ones that are desensitized, how would someone describe a person who could murder 32 people and then brag about it?
Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, sent a package to NBC with an 1,800 word rant and a bunch of pictures, which basically amount to him standing around in a bullet proof vest waving guns and a hammer around like he’s hardcore.
He accomplished looking like an idiot.
His 1,800 word diatribe also warrants commentary. I’ve come to figure out about seven things about writing in my life. Books, short stories, term papers all of these things warrant spending thousands of words in explanation. However, when an editorial, or something expressing a one-sided opinion, goes beyond about 700 words, there’s a term for that — it’s called B.S.ing –and I have a feeling that’s what Seung-Hui was doing.
In his little rant session, he blamed various forms of alcohol and cars and the rich people that can afford to buy them. He said he was going through with his plans for his brothers and sisters. He also lengthened his speech by integrating more expletives than the entire script of “Smokin’ Aces.”
He accomplished sounding like an idiot.
He was B.S.ing, and that’s all there is to it. He was dancing around the issue at hand, that he just wanted attention and couldn’t get it any other way besides shooting people because even teachers at his school didn’t want anything to do with him.
It would be one thing if the kid had just lost it and gone on a rampage. Don’t get me wrong, he’d still deserve to be dead 32 times over. But because he sent that packet, because he obviously wanted all of the fame and none of the repercussions, that makes him the biggest, most pathetic idiot humanly possible.
May he and his B.S. rot in hell.