Don’t call James Holmes James Holmes sick, insane, deranged or otherwise mentally ill! Don’t even think that James Holmes is sick, insane, deranged or otherwise mentally ill!
James Holmes is Evil! Let us call this act what it really is, and act of unbridled Evil.
Notice that I have capitalized the word Evil; this is because I believe Evil is a tangible and real force at loose in our world, much like gravity is real and tangible. I believe we need to get back to a values system that separates Good and Evil, and a values system that identifies morally identifiable human acts as belonging to one of those two camps; Good or Evil.
It so happens that I was reading Night by Elie Wiesel as the Aurora, Colorado massacre was unfolding. I did not intend this juxtaposition, but there it was, and the juxtaposition affirmed strongly my thoughts of the previous paragraph.
For those not familiar with Mr. Wiesel, his book Night chronicles his life as a 15 year old during the Holocaust and describes the horrors he experienced and witnessed; horrors shared by some 6 million other Jews of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.
For a long time now I have come to the conclusion that the horrors of the holocaust are best, and only, explained in the context of Good and Evil. Evil that is real; Evil that resides in a real Hell; Evil that rises from that real Hell and attacks in the human realm; Evil that originates from an alive and well Satan residing in that Hell. There is just no other intellectual, scientific, historical or spiritual explanation that fits.
In reading Night you see the attitudes and actions of the “normal” people of the day. Normal people rounding up and killing millions for no other reason than that they are different; that they are Jews and thus worthy of humiliation and destruction. You see the actions of the “normal” people ignoring the plight of thousands of starving and suffering people as they are marched right through their towns and villages; being transferred from one camp to another. You see the actions of “normal” soldiers ordering prisoners to dig trenches and then machine gunning the prisoners in those same trenches.
And then there is James Holmes; an Evil man in the mold of Adolf Hitler,Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
James Holmes; not a sick man, not a mentally deranged man, not an insane man. James Holmes; a perfectly sane man, a man in total control of his mental faculties. James Holmes, a man possessed by Evil.
On the Good side of the Good/Evil dichotomy, we have the many courageous men and women who fought valiantly and in some cased quite successfully during the Holocaust and saved many lives; men like Oskar Schindler and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
And we have the heroic stories coming out of Aurora, Colorado; stories of three Good men who sacrificed their own lives by protecting and shielding their girlfriends and fiancés from the wrath of James Holmes.
Lastly, lest you are still persuaded to ascribe the actions of James Holmes and others of his ilk to some sort of mental disorder I invite you to view The Auschwitz Album.
Don Johnson July — 2012