Seriously, we have a Men problem. Though our planet is full of males, there is a growing shortage of Men.
By that I mean, the traditional role that men have played in society has atrophied. And I believe it is the result of a series of cultural trends that have formed a perfect storm, a torrential rain of cultural decisions denying men their historically respected role as leader of the 'family.'
The World is experiencing a profound realignment of the traditional role of the sexes. Lead by the American women's liberation movement, and fueled by the extreme over-reaction to what they view as moral decay by Islamic culture, men increasingly find themselves in a grey area of irrelevance.
This is not to say that we should, or could, ever go back to the place in history where men truly walked all over women. It is just an attempt to put into perspective some of the astonishing events that are occurring at an increasingly alarming rate: I am speaking about two sides of the same coin.
Why are we seeing so many seemingly unexplainable mass murders involving young men slaughtering innocent people, mostly other young people or school children?
Why is there a growing movement of young Muslim men anxiously volunteering to blow themselves up while simultaneously slaughtering other innocent Muslims (and Christians and Jews) while screaming 'God is Great!"?
The common denominator?
Young Islamic extremist terrorists committing murder-suicide of innocent people and young middle class privileged American males using high powered military style weapons to commit murder-suicide of other young people... the disease has near identical symptoms because the underlying chemistry in the cultural petri dish is the same.
Why is this pandemic cultural disease only affecting men?
Let's look at the state of men in our World....where to start?
Disproportionately high unemployment? Family dysfunction? Divorce? Depression? Gender confusion? Hostility towards women? Decreasing graduation rates? Inability to form long term relationships? Loss of trust? Lack of anger control? Sexual deviancy and high incarceration rates? Increasing gang influence? Self destructive behaviour and lack of remorse? Mass murder of children and students?
This is a huge problem. The statistics are overwhelming, that men and boys are suffering from all of these maladies at astonishingly high rates, but the volume of and severity of them metastasized right about the time the woman's rights movement began in the early '60's. The numbers have grown exponentially since, both in Western and Islamic culture. And another strong association: The influence of television, also coming of age at about the same time.
Yes, I believe the modern day terrorist is in an indirect way, a product of many of the same forces that are influencing young males in the West. In fact, the FBI has said, more and more young American men are attracted to and actively joining Jihad.
Internationally, Islamic fundamentalist extremists display nearly identical psychological profiles of American mass murders.