He could not feel physical pain.
He did not look people in the eye.
He could not bring himself to communicate with others.
He was "Autistic", which likely means he also lacked an ability to feel empathy for others, an ability to understand that other people have feelings, an ability to communicate his own thoughts and feelings.
Human Beings attempt to find meaning in the events around us.
When we attach human motives to the actions of animals or objects or forces it is called ANTHROPOMORPHISM.
Attempting to attach meaning to the murders committed by Adam Lanza is a kind of Anthropomorphic activity. It is absurd. It is stupid.
It is wrong.
Adam Lanza is, was, and always will be insane. His actions lack meaning. The workings of his brain are absurd.
The very fact that his, apparently, very loving mother attempted to normalize his life, and failed is testament to the fact that he is insane.
The attempt was Anthropomorphic from the beginning. It was doomed to failure.
In a case like that of Adam Lanza, we may not have known the he was incapable of normal human cognition when he started school, but once we found out, the experiment should have been discontinued.
The reason it is wrong to participate in this kind of behavior is because it is absurd. Thought dedicated to absurdity, to lack of meaning, is wasted thought, it is wasted energy. And, it leads to chaos.
Chaos is dangerous to society.
Adam Lanza is the very embodiment of this fact. Adam Lanza's mother attempted to treat Adam as if he could be loved into normality. He could not. He is insane. He does not process love as love.
The fact that she attempted to give him a normal life, giving him access to normal experience, means that she introduced an element of chaos into society.
She sowed the wind, and we have reaped the whirlwind.
Attempting to give normal human meaning and motive to the behavior of an Autistic person with a personality disorder makes as much sense as attempting to understand a hurricane through an appeal to human motivations.
Hurricanes lack human motivations, and Autistic people in many cases, also, lack normal human motivations.
Because killers like Adam are invariably completely insane, completely lacking in normal human motivations, I propose that. in the future, we do not speak of killers like Adam by their names.
Instead, I propose we give them a number. Not a name. A number. A numeral without meaning, with no appeal to rational sense. No relationship to anything in society.
We have been touched by the irrational, and it is only fitting that we remember these irrational beings as irrational.
When we give them names, and when we attempt to overlay human motivations on their actions, wondering if perhaps they were bullied, taken advantage of, ignored, we only detract from the truth of their behavior.
They are evil, chaotic, and absurd. Their actions are inhuman.
That is the truth. And that is how they should be remembered and forgotten.
The problem is not the truth of what I am saying. It is indeed dangerous to society for people to refuse to accept reality. It is, indeed, a negative when we look at children who are not performing and we want to keep throwing resources at these children as if the problem is lack of money and attention, when the problem is the kid is just not capable of normal thought, feeling or behavior.
I'm also very bothered by the fact that the media publicizes the names of these kids and overlays normal human motivations on the kids, wondering whether we did not try hard enough to love them, teach them, help them, etc., maybe they were bullied, they felt lonely, they felt outcast?
Of course, they felt outcast. Where would a person like Adam Lanza not feel outcast? In a group of people like Adam Lanza?
No, he is just going to feel outside, because he is built like that. It is unfortunate, but it is true.
So, here's where I think there is a problem with what I am saying. It sets a bad precedent. If we begin labeling people as irrationals then we will continue doing so, and very quickly that label will become exploited and politicized. That is very dangerous.
So, we have to continue on treating each human being as if they have the potential for being a normal human moral agent, capable of distinguishing between right and wrong, when everyone can see that they are not.
We can still acknowledge that they do not live up to that potential, and we can still put them away and medicate them so that they are not a danger. But, we can not just label them as irrationals and move on because of the danger the precedent sets for society.