Human beings have to find a way to explain a tragedy to themselves.
One default has been to frame loss of life, such as at Planned Parenthood, as the typical antisocial behavior of loners. In the media, alleged murderer, Robert Lewis Dear, has been vilified as an "alienated loner." So had been Unabomber Ted Kacznski.
But, of course, that explains so little of the dynamics involved in the mindset and behavior of taking human life. Anyone who has attended graduate or professional school knows there are myriad alienated loners.
Many of those go on to be unusually successful because they're focused on professional strategies, not socializing for its own sake. The human relationships they develop are totally aligned with career goals. Incidentally, they not only don't murder. They are likely to be totally law-abiding, because that prevents the expense and inconvenience of such things as speeding tickets and defending themselves for disorderly conduct.
It's expected but unfortunate that we who live a life of solitude are being positioned and packaged as ticking time bombs. Watch out for her or him, now goes the conventional wisdom. After all, America is the land of the gregarious.
The organization, Quiet Revolution, has been trying to create a more balanced image for introverts. And help us become even more successful than many of us are. Time will tell if its leader, Susan Cain, can rebrand us.
After brunch with a few intimates on Thanksgiving, I spent the next four hours attending to my global clients' needs. The rest I invested in a new marketing campaign. Already that has produced one strong bite. It never occurred to me to bob around from social group to social group that day or any other day.
Because of Dear's alleged crazed actions, we loners will be targets for increasing censure. The smug, the ignorant, the gladhanders, and the unsuccessful now can feel it their duty to mandate us to "be more social."