Anders Behring Breivik

Is Anders Behring Breivik insane? In a clinical sense, no. Yet, from another perspective, no one (in their right mind that is) could possibly confuse Breivik with being sanus — sound, healthy.

“Blinded by hate” is not just a figure of speech. Hate makes insane. An all-consuming hate casts a thick fog over the senses, until one perceives nothing clearly through the pall it casts over everything, even oneself. Truth and falsehood become irrelevant because no longer accessible. Everything becomes subordinated to a dualism of love and hate.

In that sense, Breivik is demonic and willingly embraced the demonic. But it is a convention of the wisdom tradition that to become demonic in that way is to enter into insanity and into the lowest circles of Hell.

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5 responses to “Anders Behring Breivik”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    I think the Norwegians yesterday gave a fine demonstration of the power (and true meaning) of public space. A remarkable people.

    It brought to mind the legend of Beowulf, and the recent movie. For those who saw it, the monster Grendel is enraged and made murderous by singing, and how odd it is that Breivik resembles Grendel in being enraged by a simple children’s song, “Children of the Rainbow”, a song which he particularly hated, as he stated in his trial. Breivik, in that sense, does resemble Grendel. Very strange.

  2. Scott Preston says :

    I found, today, that someone even a year ago was already comparing Breivik with Grendel

    http://www.betterlivingthroughbeowulf.com/?p=10296

  3. LittleBigMan says :

    I actually liked the CGI version of Beowulf (2007), directed by Robert Zemeckis much better than the (1999) version, directed by Graham Baker. The 2007 version was surprisingly captivating and well done. Poor Grendel couldn’t help himself, and as it appears, neither could the poor Breivik.

    • Scott Preston says :

      I guess poor only in the sense that they were both automatons. In Breivik’s case, he deliberately went about making himself inhuman by various means, as he freely confessed. He dehumanised himself. So, by his own admission, he made himself into a monster.

      • LittleBigMan says :

        Quite right. When I labeled him as ‘poor,’ I was thinking of life and all the magnificent things it has to offer, and yet, unexpectedly and insanely, some are totally blocked from seeing life’s infinte beauty, mystery, and magnificence. Truly lifeless, as it were, and lacking transcendence, as an “automaton.”

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