“And women, though most helpless in doing good deeds are of every evil the cleverest of contrivers”
– Euripides, “Medea”
Men on the other hand buy 6000 rounds of ammunition and go rat-a-tat-tat. Most peculiar. Whatever his motive, James Holmes’ mind likely justified his actions, like ours justify our actions, whether those actions be good or evil.
Medea justified her actions too. She had given all for the man she loved; destroyed her own family for him and now she was being packed away to make way for a new woman. Surely, that was unjust. She would destroy the unfaithful rat, his new wife and her father.
But what did those people in Aurora do to James Holmes? They didn’t have to do anything. They were just in the way. The human mind has always contrived the most unfathomable evil for us to commit and our cemeteries are full of the bones of people who were in the way.
Who can understand how the mind works? It goes bananas under stress. When we are disappointed with ourselves, or with those around us or with life there’s no telling what we might do. There’s a price to pay for unresolved stresses that arise from just being alive. That price is often death and it’s not always the stressed one who perishes.