Quoted from the journal of Charles Whitman

They always have a military obsession.

“A fetid, mangy parasite. Little more than this, as boredom sets in a simple skip to the next host is all that occurs. Lie, cheat, steal these are the tools of the trade. They make life difficult, unbearable at times, but these are the tools utilized. But what does it all mean? Isolation. Loneliness. A trail of destruction is hardly what’s left, more a brief glimmer of disappointment in the once courteous eyes of the long line of former compatriots. But why do it? Boredom bore*Dom, noun, the state of feeling bored: the boredom of afternoon duty could be relieved by friendly conversation. Bored, adjective, feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity: she got bored with staring out of the window | they would hang around all day, bored stiff. Well this is why, after hours on end of insipid pointless rambling it is time to move on. But why? Isolation. Loneliness. A burning necessity to maintain consistent contact causes the disinterest of company, but maintaining too little contact also does the same. Having no contact brings on bouts of manic depression, jealousy and anger. There is no mutual ground. So the parasitic life it must be, for without contact comes anger, and anger brings violence.  How do people do it? How do they find the ability to enjoy both their own company and the company of others so readily? I can’t, I can have one or the other there’s no in-between. No neutral, it’s all acidic.
Sometimes the acid burns through the hosts quickly, melting them away to little more than a charred memory, and often a fading one, one that has little to offer the current existence. The light that burns twice as bright burns only half as long. Excitement and adventure are all too apparent in some, yet this excitement is quelled and, eventually, peters out.  As the excitement melts away all that’s left is the parasite and an evanescent rag. But how does one distinguish between the varying degrees of host? Sometimes the excitement dwindles off and you still find yourself attached to them, like the parasitic entrails you hope not to be. Then, as would a zoned out zombie, you drag your feet to their call, without real care or knowledge as to the situation you are finding yourself engulfed within. Life in this vein can take you quite far until one day. This day is the day you realize that the social world you’re engulfed in is not for you. You jump in your spaceship, whether this is metaphorical or not entirely depends on who you are, and fly off elsewhere in search of new blood, to sap. It’s surprising how lonely you really are.
Then you find yourself lacking empathy, no one is of particular importance and you fear nothing. You brazenly walk up to the languishing pensioner and fillet her in front of her 2 young grandchildren. They stand transfixed upon the blade that has just ended their dear sweet nana’s life and as a trickle of blood caresses, gently, one of the shoes laced to their feet you walk on down the road. And so the path begins, where once there was a sell by date on the life you live there is now nothing but endless possibilities. Your new life style costs little and it has numerous advantages. For it does not matter whom it is that dances with your blade in the moonlight, they are all faceless entities enshrouded in a haze of mist. Tall, short, fat, thin, black, white, old, young, male, female, these are the distinguishing features, and even they can sometimes have difficulties in their detection.
The act, the facade, the mask, the consistent striving to be what you are not, the vain attempt to be yourself for you can never be yourself, I can never be myself. Day, week, company, all factors in deducing which mask it is that should be employed: which character am I today.
And now, sat alone on a moonlit veranda I preside over life so far, a different face for a different day. The darkened clouds drift by – over the twinkling peninsula city. Crickets twitter in the gardens. Cars cruise the strip. The pulsating hum of the fan. All elements of the night’s symphony. The approaching roar of a plane overhead breaks through the orchestra. Its engines providing rhythm to our musical circle. Shadows flit across the sky. The scattering of imagery building the tension, a crescendo is coming. The distant lull of the sea, at a stretch becomes audible. Every aspect is coming together. The stagnant humidity is punctuated by a cool breeze overhead, propelled by our fan. Ambiance.
A lie, a lie lays in this passage. Like my life a lie lays in wait. The sky is dark. The moon illuminates nothing. Spotlights brighten my surroundings. An empty pool beckons. The heat of the day’s sun provides more than enough warmth for its waters. In the thick foliage cows follow their bull to food. The sound of their wails intrigues me. I approach, with caution. Watching them graze peacefully I feel a stab of jealousy. Though their lives, eventually ended by the blade, are merely there to feed men, they’re at peace.
Tomorrow I’ll be off. Interaction, what I crave for most and what I yearn to escape is intrinsic. I need it. A different mask for a different?
Who am I? Where am I? What am I?
I’ve dreamt of seas falling from the sky, oceans pouring from my mouth. My eyes, filling with rivers. Vast Waters. Drowning. I’m drowning. I have to get out; I have to escape this world. I’m on a doomed mission, I have to get out. I have to escape. Where’s my exit, my get out clause, where’s the back door?

When I was young, I can’t remember precisely when, I was obsessed, nay, infused with a 6” Mattel action figure. This one figurine reigned over all the other toys in my chest. Like the age, I’m not sure how long this fixation lasted. What I do remember, however, is that I once enthralled myself with the figurine and the u-bend at the back of the toilet. This story is of little relevance, this brief and enlightening facet of information, like me, has nowhere to go. Merely it provides me the grounds to prove that it is not just my depraved sense of existence that has visited dark grottoes. So too has a 6″ Mattel Action Figure: A Batman I believe.

The darkness is sweeping in. I don’t envision change in pace, or direction. Light’s feeble attempts to pierce the crevices of the oncoming gloom are swiftly alleviated. Nothing will light this blackness.”

And this is definitely what leads to rampaging murderers, the type that top themselves after hacking through a village. Prose like the above is the contemporary equivalent of the psychic cops from Minority Report. You read anything remotely reminiscent of this…arsenic in their food, or call the authorities; probably best to go for the latter.

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