Here is the article:
Marc MacYoung's "Violence Geeks" Article
I'll extract a point I found particularly powerful.
... It's an item designed for killing people. Specifically, it is designed for murder. If you want to get technical, murdering unsuspecting people.
...The Wasp is NOT a negotiation tool – or even an item to threaten. The added danger is hidden. Yet, it still has the limitations (specifically range) of a normal knife. And due to the construction modification, probably some limitations that make it useless as a tool. That means this blade is for walking up, ramming it in someone's back and assassinating him.
The idea is that Violence Geeks actively desire to enter into a scenario in which they (in their own minds) would be justified in righteously inflicting violence onto other human beings.
I both agree and disagree with the author of the article. I think that violence geeks take an impulse that most people bury and turn it into an unhealthy obsession, but I don't think they're particularly unique among obsessions (other than the fact it might end up causing someone else harm, where obsessions often only physically harm the obsessor). I feel that it's important to look at ourselves and watch out, to make sure we're not unconciously guiding ourselves toward a destructive path like the "violence geeks" mentioned in the article. And, of course, be safe!
Edited by Pawnator, 01 June 2009 - 05:46 PM.