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April 23, 2007

Choad: I Can't Get Laid, So I'll Kill People

So it is, in crudest form, according to Camille Paglia (though the theroy is itself somewhat crude, of course).

I don't discount it outright as a contributing factor. The sex drive is of course one of the most powerful urges driving us, and when it is frustrated, misdirected, or perverted, bad things tend to happen.

'Tis a shame that a little-dick loser like Choad had to resort to the lamest and most obvious of psychological fetishes -- the weapon as phallus -- to get his nut off.

But so it goes. Those who can't do, commit mass murder.

"Daemons:" I originally wrote "one of the most powerful daeomons driving us," because I thought, wrongly as it turns out, that when one was speaking of internal drives "daemon" was preferred over demon. That is, a "daemon" was a drive without, necessarily, a moral component, whereas when one speaks of a "demon" one's usually speaking of a morally-questionable urge (alcoholism, etc.) Since I didn't consider the sex drive itself on a par with alcoholism or klelptomania, I thought "daemon" was more proper.

But I don't see that distinction at www.m-w.com, so I guess I was wrong about that.

I've changed it to "urges." I didn't like the sound of "demons." Seemed the wrong word too.

Wasn't trying to geek-out on anyone or put on airs. I just had, it seems, an erroneous belief that the (obviousy closely related) words were distinct in some usages.

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