The end game

christopher_dorner_end_gameChristopher Dorner made himself useful by demonstrating a pattern of left-wing psychology from which we all can learn. His story was too intriguing for the media to avoid when styled as that of a hard-working altruistic cop unfairly fired for reporting corrupt police who were too rough with helpless innocents being arrested for no reason.

As the story was intended to be told, the loyal crusader for justice risked himself to punish the evil offenders, taking to the streets for the public and heroically dedicating his life to weeding out the wicked ones. Who could oppose the selfless oppressed underdog of this superhero narrative?

But scratch the surface and the phony posturing becomes clear, revealing traits we see in every revolution and call for “rights” to be recognized. Claiming to have suffered perceived prejudice since shortly after birth, Dorner expresses his frustration with society, as if some supernatural force has selected him for random misery and failure. He solely concerns himself with accusations, blame, and excuses rather than constructive plans for personal betterment and success.

In his manifesto, Dorner aligns with leftist politics, while admitting his long depression and deep saturation in entertainment products, though not considering their possible connection and relation to a lifestyle of frustration and outbursts.

One will always encounter struggle, opposition, and difficulties needing to be overcome. How we face these reveals character and yields the results obtained. Marcus Aurelius devised a morning prayer to prepare a positive outlook and bulwark, declaring the most trying expectations and explaning why one must not break under their weight:

Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill will, and selfishness — all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother; therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Traditionalists view problems to dissect their holistic structure, revealing the key broken aspects needing repair. Venting, faulting, and acting out is personally satisfying because it feels like something is being accomplished by lashing out at the world, but this pleasure is a false narrative that attempts to shift the consideration of the problem from its true origin.

The frustrated one dreams of revenge by making others suffer, gaining advantage through a lose-lose proposition that hurts others by making their situation worse. If your situation is already bad, hurting others who are doing well makes you more equal, and thus an underdog’s justice finds moral ground from which to undermine and spoil everything healthy, strong, and sensible.

A culture of revenge consists of an infinite chain of attacks against one’s perceived enemies, with no goal greater than sustaining a string of bitter destruction. The supposed enemies are not real, the supposed slights are insubstantial, and the entire weltanschauung is grossly defective, yet damage is performed because one has conjured this false reason for their misery and just as faulty a plan for its remedy.

Well adjusted people use time tested solutions to set disorder straight. When you instead see crazy explanations and wild crusades proposed in place of solutions, dysfunctional and futile thinking are busy at work.

Dorner vowed warfare against former colleagues, admitting his plan to murder many people. He then explains the purpose of his killing spree was to supposedly “clear his name” and drive out corruption from the police force, as if such killings have ever led to that result, or could be reasonably expected to.

The revolutionary performs actions for his own purposes and then lies about his motivations to cast them in a benevolent light. Actions at odds with claimed purposes is a dead give away of incoherence, and suggests the actual motivations are unknown or unmentionable, often being little more than a personal problem not yet addressed.

As Dorner fled to a cabin for the last battle in his police war, reality had crept in and encircled him. He realized his hero fantasy didn’t hold up, was factually incorrect, and that suicide was an appropriate exit. Being unable to spin the tale further, he cleared himself away just as illegal aliens self-deport when local enforcement is announced.

This cognition from self-reflection should be forced on all advocates of unsustainable practices and politics so they must confront their deranged projections. At that moment, they will have to either find some historical precedent to buttress their propositions or admit being swept away by a nutty fantasy that enticed them because of troubling emotional or personal failings.

Perhaps they will go quietly and walk away from their mistakes or check themselves out, sparing us an expensive tantrum to clean up afterward.


  1. Ted Swanson says:

    Strong writing and analysis sir! I really enjoyed the morning prayer of Marcus Aurelius.

  2. Paul Renrod says:

    Do you think this diagnosis could apply to Anders Breivik?

    Apart from the ‘personal crusade’ aspect there is still an overwhelming sense of societal dysfunction that causes or allows this to happen to begin with.

  3. Eric says:

    Not sure if this relates, but a bad habit I have noticed in myself is getting lost online in meaningless “pop” culture. There is no true fulfillment to be gained in the lives of these people or the “output” of their being. Yet I find myself slipping in that direction at times. It is the same for a lot of garbage, even that that is not so mainstream as “pop”.

    Thing is, many people define their identities and being based on this stuff. It is the easy way out, and a way to find a “niche” to fit into. But it really seems baseless and phony. On some levels I think I am trying to better understand my life (by looking back at where I “came from”) and also better understand the present.

    But it is depressing to waste time on this stuff. I know I am happier when I let it all go and just do my own things. It is just so easy to get pulled in. At least I can recognize the situation. That is a start.

    1. Owl says:

      I’ve long since been unplugged from the TV, but I’m beginning to feel like I too am instead stuck in a pop culture rut via the internet.

      As of very recently I decided to start a detox from all music that was ever popular on the radio and now I’m listening to instrumentals with a more uplifting, introspective, contemplative or “journey like” mood, if anything at all. Sometimes it’s a philosophical journey unto itself to just enjoy silence comfortably.

      I wonder at times if society’s near addiction to music isn’t problematic. I have no problems with music, but music is notorious for making you “tune out” and blink away hours and hours and hours – you look up and find most of an entire day has gone past when you engage your right brain.

      I wonder if music shouldn’t be saved for special occasions.

      How would music sound to us if we didn’t listen to it more than once a month? What would we find in the intellectual space between songs?

      1. KB Delaney says:

        About a year ago I started cutting way back on my musical intake. One of the most effective and revealing things that I’ve discovered has been to simply turn the radio off when driving and to really listen to the sound of traffic. It’s quite monstrous, but certainly enlivening in its own way.

        I’ve also gotten into somewhat of a flow where I listen to music in spurts, once every few weeks. I can’t really attest to the ‘intellectual space’ in between — perhaps because I wasn’t ever looking for it — but I can say that when you come back to a band or a song that you really like, that you haven’t heard in a while, it’s basically like you’re hearing them or it for the first time again, yet with what always seems like a renewed sense of understanding and appreciation.

        The music topic is one that intrigues me a lot. I actually find it kind of unsettling to think that there are certain frequencies that can make us feel certain ways, and that, on top of this, these frequencies are floating around at all times via the radio.

        Another interesting experiment is to not listen to any pop music for a few months and then to turn on your local KISS FM HOT HOT SEX IN THE CLUB station. If you’re any sort of decent human being you’ll either laugh a lot, or feel nauseous, or both.

        1. eric says:

          I have not had a working radio in a vehicle for at least ten years now. I have come to like it that way. I don’t do a whole lot of driving, but have had a few multi-thousands mile trips where I didn’t have a radio. I survived and in a way it was good thinking time. I do think our society has put too much value on having music and entertainment available 24/7, and I think it shapes the minds probably in not the best of ways. It is an escape in many ways.

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