An old friend sent me an email which got me thinking about the crimes committed by Elliot Rodger. It's heavily changed, for the usual reasons, as is mine which follows.
My response:The disturbing part for me was how he talked about how lonely he felt, and blamed it all on the pretty girls who wouldn't sleep with him. For this kid, the only way to break out of loneliness would be for a hot girl to have sex with him. This is exactly how I felt at times during those years. I'd guess that many men feel that way at one time or another, and have to grow out of it. I'm hoping that there's some way I can steer my son to avoid that trap...
I had my own version of murderous thoughts in teens. Some of the type you say, but more at my parents and 'peers'. If I'd been any more angry or had better weapons... Going to have to teach my boy physical and emotional self-defence, because humanity sucks. Also, instead of telling him how he should be, get him to recognise who he is, and how to work with it, and how to quickly identify what others are.It seems* Elliot Rodger was a mess of psychological issues, racial sensitivities, and social-climbing envy; what I had shared with him is family issues, and a poor grip on my nature as an introvert. He's also a murderer and the lowest kind of asshole. I'm not.
That makes it no less true that our society creates socioeconomic classes, lauds those at the top no matter how they got there, and scapegoats those at the bottom no matter the reasons they are there. It also makes it no less true that both the boys and girls whose parents got them advantages are more likely to act, or be, sociopaths. I expect there's as much nature as nurture in that, and some socialization added. Who didn't want to kill someone in high school?! You think it was only us losers who did? The sociopathic** kids didn't? Or only didn't because they didn't have to.
Sex: having it or not having it, as a teen. It's not just about the sex, but also about physical loving contact. Many teens get very little of it.. So do many children and adults, but these ages are not as emotionally volatile, nor is your success at 'getting some' the main part of your social identity, one hopes. Humans need touch, and go off without it. There were years at a stretch in my teens that I had none, and it did me harm. Of course it added to the harm in Elliot Rodger. More so in a sexualized culture: which the entire culture is, was very much so for teens in the eighties, and can't be any less now. Whether we should be desexualizing the mass-media I doubt, so shouldn't we be emancipating teenage sexuality from the toxicity in it, and the negative consequences. A school is more toxic because the student body nails you on your race, look, wealth, and who'll have you. Not that teenagers should all fuck more, but should learn to love a person, not the symbols attached to them, and that there should be enough birth control around that the freedom is there when they decide it's something they will do.
Do not kid yourself: people fuck for status as teens, and as adults: 'arm candy', 'a good provider'. Men fuck pretty when they can, and women money: the archetype tells that status is what we are after at our basest. That much Elliot Rodger got right. The best of us do a little better than that, but it's always part of the trade-offs. Wealth and superficial physical beauty have always been eroticised, as has race. Though which races have status can change, for some, but never for certain races it seems. I wouldn't have the energy to swing, though I have no issue with anyone who does, or any acts between consenting adults (or teens with other teens). 'Free love' should be the ideal, if not an indiscriminate practice.
*Because I only have shabby media reports to work with.
**Acting or actual.