I look forward to the day when someone storms into a midnight screening of a sweet romantic comedy and kisses everyone full on the mouth.
I look forward to the day when a quiet, reclusive loner finally snaps, leaves his tiny apartment and marches onto an elementary school playground in broad daylight and hands every child a bar of dark chocolate, an awesome pop-up version of ‘Leaves of Grass’ and a $25 gift card for Kiva.org.
Can you imagine the headline when a distraught gunman storms into the government office where his ex-wife works, marches straight up to her desk and dumps his wretched gun collection on the floor, tells her he’s sorry for everything and wishes her a blissful and happy life, just before heading off to Tibet to study transcendental meditation for a year and become a poet?
Yeah, me neither. But I bet it’s happened.
Is this even worth asking? Is it a ponderable we can possibly entertain? Have there been any serious behavioral studies to back it up, any hard data from the CDC or the Journal of Psychiatric Research? Let’s try it anyway:
Why is it some someone “snaps,” when someone suffers a savage “break from reality,” it’s always toward the negative, toward violence and destruction of life? Why is it when we give in to our most intense impulses and extreme fantasies, we’re always told it’s toward something vile — murder or rape, suicide or homemade bombs in the street?
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