A World of Moriarty Wannabes and the Horrible Alternative

by Datechguy | December 19th, 2012

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A World of Moriarty Wannabes and the Horrible Alternative

Sher­lock Holmes: Peo­ple have died.

Jim Mori­arty: [shout­ing] That’s what peo­ple do!

Sher­lock The Great Game 2010

Jim Mori­arty: STAY­ING ALIVE!!! SO BOR­ING, ISN’T IT??!! Just staying…all my life I’ve been look­ing for dis­trac­tion. You were the best of dis­trac­tion and now I don’t even have you. Because I’ve beaten you. And you know what? In the end, it was easy. Yeah…t’was easy…now I have to go back to play with the ordi­nary people.

Sher­lock The Reichen­bach Fall 2012

A few days ago I got an e-​mail from Joy McCann about a new blog she had called Tea Cozy Mys­ter­ies and the cur­rent post is on the plethora of new Sher­lock Holmes series/​movies out there, the best of which is the BBC’s Sher­lock that I quote above.

Today Cyn­thia Yockey argues against gun free zones and their dan­ger and makes a point that needs mak­ing

Most mass mur­der­ers include sui­cide in their attack plan. This fact is extremely use­ful in pre­vent­ing mass mur­ders and reduc­ing the death toll of those that occur. Why? Because we need to accel­er­ate the killer’s sce­nario for the cir­cum­stances in which he has planned to kill him­self. Isn’t that always when the armed respon­ders have arrived and he’s cor­nered? That’s why we need plenty of civil­ians in schools, uni­ver­si­ties, churches, the­aters and shop­ping malls who have con­cealed carry per­mits, weapons and the skill to use them. The sooner there’s return fire, the sooner the sui­cide is trig­gered and the killing stops. In addi­tion, I pre­dict that there will be a tip­ping point when there are enough peo­ple with guns and con­cealed carry per­mits that would-​be mass mur­der­ers won’t like their odds and will give up on their plans.

This is a pow­er­ful argu­ment for my school pro­tec­tion plan but it raises an impor­tant point.

Peo­ple have talked a lot about the var­i­ous psy­cho­log­i­cal roots of killers such as the one in Ct. When these events occur the ques­tion is asked over and over again: What was in their mind? What drove them? What did they have inside them that took them over the edge? What made them so bored, so in need of dis­trac­tion so void of pur­pose that they see no point in “Say­ing Alive” or any moral imper­a­tive in not end­ing the lives of others?

Strangely enough I find the answer to this ques­tion in…MeTV

About two years ago MeTV. Mem­o­rable Enter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion joined the ranks of the hun­dreds of TV net­works out there. Locally there is a Boston and a New Hamp­shire ver­sion in my cable pack­age and they show a vast col­lec­tion of shows from the 50 thru the 80.

I’ve been look­ing at the shows from the 50’s and early 60’s such as Daniel Boone, Donna Reed, Gun­smoke, the Big Val­ley, The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies, Pet­ti­coat Junc­tion, The Rifle­man, Star Trek and Hogan’s Heroes.

Tele­vi­sion was still fairly young and these pro­grams influ­enced the cul­ture if you don’t believe it ask Rus­sell John­son how many time he was told by peo­ple their move toward sci­ence started with the Pro­fes­sor, how many peo­ple thought of space sci­ences after see­ing Mr. Scott or how many young peo­ple today see NCIS and think Law enforce­ment & foren­sics or the Big Bang The­ory and think Physics & science.

But there were other val­ues rein­forced, honor, the virtue of hard work, per­se­ver­ance, respect par­tic­u­larly for women and the role of faith in life.

In short they rein­forced a moral base, the Judeo-​Christian Cul­tural moral base and the val­ues it advanced.

Now two gen­er­a­tions later after that most nar­cis­sis­tic gen­er­a­tion, the baby boomers ban­ished the val­ues of their par­ents from schools and TV and our pop­u­lar cul­ture by peo­ple like the Metal Group Lamb Of God, whose lyri­cal themes are described in Wikipedia: They fre­quently use bib­li­cal ref­er­ences, but often con­vey anti-​religious sen­ti­ment was shocked SHOCKED by their absense:

a dis­turb­ing num­ber of con­cert­go­ers made noise, talked and gen­er­ally dis­rupted the oth­er­wise peace­ful moment.

That moment being a requested moment of silence for the dead in Newtown

I am so dis­gusted right now– if you were one of those who wouldn’t shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SEC­ONDS to honor twenty MUR­DERED CHIL­DREN– go look in the mir­ror. You are look­ing at a piece of sh**.

Your par­ents are obvi­ously pieces of sh** too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity.

Dig­nity? Dig­nity is defined by cul­ture, the cul­ture of dig­nity has been rejected by many like your­self and replaced by the one where main­line online mag­a­zines defend sex with Don­keys.

The truth is very sim­ple, one of the things that Chris­tian­ity and the Judeo Chris­t­ian Cul­ture pro­vides is a soci­ety that has pos­i­tive val­ues. That indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions haven’t always lived up to those val­ues doesn’t make the val­ues any less valid than a cor­rupt cop means the police should be disbanded.

For the last 50 years our media, our pop cul­ture and those cel­e­brated by both have told us over and over again how the Judeo-​Christian cul­ture that was once the norm has led to oppres­sion and held peo­ple back. Those who have for gen­er­a­tions urged and pro­moted its aban­don­ment for the sake of nar­cis­sism now are shocked that young peo­ple with no cen­ter, no faith and no cul­ture that rein­forced those pos­i­tive val­ues are so anx­ious to kill them­selves either on their own or via sui­cide by notoriety?

Peo­ple are talk­ing about how first per­son shoot­ers may have an influ­ence on peo­ple, vio­lent lyrics, sui­cide wishes, misog­y­nis­tic rap, and more has on the cul­ture today. Obvi­ously if these things alone were the root cause of this type of stuff we would have more shoot­ings then we do, but for some who are weak or dis­turbed or in despair Judeo-​christian val­ues pro­vided a cul­tural fire­wall that can help restrain those who need restrain­ing, even if you don’t buy the under­ly­ing reli­gion behind it.

Marx once said that reli­gion was the opi­ate of the masses, even if you don’t believe in reli­gion in gen­eral or Chris­tian­ity in par­tic­u­lar I think a stronger dose of this opi­ate might have done some real good here.

I think Cyn­thia Yockey’s point above is very valid, but wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t? Wouldn’t it be bet­ter if we had a cul­ture where the very thought of sui­cide among youth, let alone sui­cide cou­pled with mass mur­der wasn’t even on the table?

I sub­mit and sug­gest that the return of those val­ues rep­re­sent a greater hor­ror to those baby boomers lead­ing our cul­ture, cry­ing for the dis­ar­ma­ment of all but their body­guards, than the shoot­ings in New­town ever will.

They will accept gladly inflict a new gen­er­a­tion of Mori­arty wannabes than admit their par­ents were right.

Sherlock Holmes: People have died.

Jim Moriarty: [shouting] That’s what people do!

Sherlock The Great Game 2010

Jim Moriarty: STAYING ALIVE!!! SO BORING, ISN’T IT??!! Just staying…all my life I’ve been looking for distraction. You were the best of distraction and now I don’t even have you. Because I’ve beaten you. And you know what? In the end, it was easy. Yeah…t’was easy…now I have to go back to play with the ordinary people.

Sherlock The Reichenbach Fall 2012

A few days ago I got an e-mail from Joy McCann about a new blog she had called Tea Cozy Mysteries and the current post is on the plethora of new Sherlock Holmes series/movies out there, the best of which is the BBC’s Sherlock that I quote above.

Today Cynthia Yockey argues against gun free zones and their danger and makes a point that needs making

Most mass murderers include suicide in their attack plan. This fact is extremely useful in preventing mass murders and reducing the death toll of those that occur. Why? Because we need to accelerate the killer’s scenario for the circumstances in which he has planned to kill himself. Isn’t that always when the armed responders have arrived and he’s cornered? That’s why we need plenty of civilians in schools, universities, churches, theaters and shopping malls who have concealed carry permits, weapons and the skill to use them. The sooner there’s return fire, the sooner the suicide is triggered and the killing stops. In addition, I predict that there will be a tipping point when there are enough people with guns and concealed carry permits that would-be mass murderers won’t like their odds and will give up on their plans.

This is a powerful argument for my school protection plan but it raises an important point.

People have talked a lot about the various psychological roots of killers such as the one in Ct. When these events occur the question is asked over and over again: What was in their mind? What drove them? What did they have inside them that took them over the edge? What made them so bored, so in need of distraction so void of purpose that they see no point in “Saying Alive” or any moral imperative in not ending the lives of others?

Strangely enough I find the answer to this question in…MeTV

About two years ago MeTV. Memorable Entertainment Television joined the ranks of the hundreds of TV networks out there. Locally there is a Boston and a New Hampshire version in my cable package and they show a vast collection of shows from the 50 thru the 80.

I’ve been looking at the shows from the 50’s and early 60’s such as Daniel Boone, Donna Reed, Gunsmoke, the Big Valley, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Rifleman, Star Trek and Hogan’s Heroes.

Television was still fairly young and these programs influenced the culture if you don’t believe it ask Russell Johnson how many time he was told by people their move toward science started with the Professor, how many people thought of space sciences after seeing Mr. Scott or how many young people today see NCIS and think Law enforcement & forensics or the Big Bang Theory and think Physics & science.

But there were other values reinforced, honor, the virtue of hard work, perseverance, respect particularly for women and the role of faith in life.

In short they reinforced a moral base, the Judeo-Christian Cultural moral base and the values it advanced.

Now two generations later after that most narcissistic generation, the baby boomers banished the values of their parents from schools and TV and our popular culture by people like the Metal Group Lamb Of God, whose lyrical themes are described in Wikipedia: They frequently use biblical references, but often convey anti-religious sentiment was shocked SHOCKED by their absense:

a disturbing number of concertgoers made noise, talked and generally disrupted the otherwise peaceful moment.

That moment being a requested moment of silence for the dead in Newtown

I am so disgusted right now- if you were one of those who wouldn’t shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SECONDS to honor twenty MURDERED CHILDREN- go look in the mirror. You are looking at a piece of sh**.

Your parents are obviously pieces of sh** too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity.

Dignity? Dignity is defined by culture, the culture of dignity has been rejected by many like yourself and replaced by the one where mainline online magazines defend sex with Donkeys.

The truth is very simple, one of the things that Christianity and the Judeo Christian Culture provides is a society that has positive values. That individuals and institutions haven’t always lived up to those values doesn’t make the values any less valid than a corrupt cop means the police should be disbanded.

For the last 50 years our media, our pop culture and those celebrated by both have told us over and over again how the Judeo-Christian culture that was once the norm has led to oppression and held people back. Those who have for generations urged and promoted its abandonment for the sake of narcissism now are shocked that young people with no center, no faith and no culture that reinforced those positive values are so anxious to kill themselves either on their own or via suicide by notoriety?

People are talking about how first person shooters may have an influence on people, violent lyrics, suicide wishes, misogynistic rap, and more has on the culture today. Obviously if these things alone were the root cause of this type of stuff we would have more shootings then we do, but for some who are weak or disturbed or in despair Judeo-christian values provided a cultural firewall that can help restrain those who need restraining, even if you don’t buy the underlying religion behind it.

Marx once said that religion was the opiate of the masses, even if you don’t believe in religion in general or Christianity in particular I think a stronger dose of this opiate might have done some real good here.

I think Cynthia Yockey’s point above is very valid, but wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t? Wouldn’t it be better if we had a culture where the very thought of suicide among youth, let alone suicide coupled with mass murder wasn’t even on the table?

I submit and suggest that the return of those values represent a greater horror to those baby boomers leading our culture, crying for the disarmament of all but their bodyguards, than the shootings in Newtown ever will.

They will accept gladly inflict a new generation of Moriarty wannabes than admit their parents were right.

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