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noir-velma3 minutes ago
I legit just want a queer book club group chat. Books/comics/media varieties. IMAGINE IT.
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itkassi5 minutes ago
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i havent done my hair like this since middle school 馃槼馃憠馃憟
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tsue017 minutes ago
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oh just wishing a girl could sweep me off my feet
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5tray3u11etin13 minutes ago
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Analysis: Eric Harris In The Commons
Today鈥檚 topic comes with three tedious disclaimers. First of all, most of what I鈥檓 going to say is speculation. Secondly, I am in no way suggesting that you adopt or subscribe to any of my theories or points of view, I鈥檓 just sharing them. And lastly, it鈥檚 not possible to know with certainty the answers to every single question left unanswered by the Columbine tragedy. Anyone who tells you that all of the major questions can be answered, or that their ideas have originated in the mind of greatness, they deserve your wary incredulity. Okay with all of this having been said, let鈥檚 see if I can clarify some of my thoughts and feelings about the footage of Eric Harris in the commons.
The footage of Eric with his friends was shot relatively late in the game. As you watch this, I feel it鈥檚 important to remember how far along Eric and Dylan鈥檚 plans and preparations for the attack already were. Eric was balancing all of that against keeping his grades up and working part time at Blackjack pizza, he needed the money. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were ferocious super predators, deceptive, meticulous and drunk on anger and alienation. It is not bestowing any kind of praise whatsoever to refer to them as such, it is the simple, stark truth of the matter. And Eric was not in a good mood that morning. Yes, he could be groggy and cranky just like the rest of us, but I suspect that the people he was with that morning may not have realized the precariousness of their situation.
The above image features eight numbered screenshots from the video clip which illustrate what I consider to be key observations that can be made about Eric鈥檚 state of mind that morning. So, by the numbers;
1. 鈥淲hee!鈥 鈥淟emme see that little munchkin of a phone there.鈥
Technology, computers and the rapidly advancing cellular phone, all of these were of interest to Eric. Doubtless, he simply wanted to have a look at the phone. Notice though that he starts twirling it around, using it as a fidget. When I think of Eric Harris, generally speaking ADD / ADHD are not two acronyms which come to mind. But this morning, Eric seems somewhat distracted and more than a little bit bored.
2. 鈥淚 hate most people. Ah yes, I want to rip his head off and eat it.鈥
This ranks as one of the more bone chilling Eric Harris moments which have been preserved on film. If this statement doesn鈥檛 freak you out, there鈥檚 something wrong with you. Eric wasn鈥檛 joking. He did not entirely lack in a sense of humor, but he seldom employed it and this was not one such instance. Eric was quickly realizing that all the effort he had put into learning how to tell people exactly what they wanted to hear had also yielded him an additional perk. It seemed that he could come right out and say almost exactly what he intended to do. And no matter how many times he made it obvious for us, nobody was putting two and two together.
3. 鈥淭hank you, I do too.鈥
Eric鈥檚 friend perhaps partially shared the sentiment, but that was kinda awkward, so let鈥檚 move on now. Look at the expression on Eric鈥檚 face, it hadn鈥檛 been a joke and I don鈥檛 think Eric was happy about it being dismissed as such. Oh you think I鈥檓 joking huh? By this point everyone would probably have reassured us, that鈥檚 just Eric. History has proven that they could neither see who the person right in front of them really was, nor did they have any idea what he was actually talking about.
4. Eric tries to seem interested in the conversation.
I see this as a somewhat sluggish attempt on Eric鈥檚 part to seem like he鈥檚 even half way interested in the present topic. He can barely muster the energy. He looks tired. He鈥檇 probably much prefer to crash out, or to be working on something else.
5. Eric picking at his fingers.
I鈥檝e read a fair bit about the picking. The experts like to talk about this. They make reference to anxiety, to boredom, as well as mild frustration and annoyance. Eric didn鈥檛 want to be there that morning. He didn鈥檛 want to be exposed, on display. Eric didn鈥檛 like people, he didn鈥檛 like our company anymore. This is palpably on display in his senior year photos. By that point, he wasn鈥檛 even willing to pretend anymore. Eric was not smiling in those photos, that was a disdainful scowl. That same lack of ease is also made manifest in this picking behavior.
6. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know about that, dude.鈥
I wonder if, looking back, this exchange has ever given Eric鈥檚 buddy any pause. It should serve as a sobering moment to remember. This is not a the kind of reaction you want to be getting from Eric. Why? See below.
7. Eric REALLY didn鈥檛 like that comment.
The comment had been 鈥淓ric just got jacked, up the ass!鈥 and his friend had said it in jest. Here we see Eric wrestling with himself, trying to decide whether or not he鈥檚 going to further humiliate himself by allowing that humiliating comment go unpunished, at least for now. Had Eric been armed at that moment, I don鈥檛 know if their having been buddies would have been enough to save the other kid鈥檚 life. Perhaps Eric would still have held off, for the sake of seeing his plans through to fruition. I personally see this as a very close call, as one of those what-if moments. Eric did not like that comment.
8. Begrudgingly, Eric decides to eat it, for now.
But he鈥檚 not happy about it. Soon. Just a little bit longer and all these accounts will be settled, with interest.
What is the takeaway from all of this? We live in a culture which has taught us to bait and provoke subtle cues like these until we get some kind of a reaction, which is really stupid, there鈥檚 no other word for it. Or if not that, then we are advised to ignore cues like these completely, which is even more stupid. Yes, this video footage can yield some insights into Eric Harris鈥 state of mind during the lead up to Columbine. But it can also tell us equally as much about ourselves. About how we often ignore signs of trouble rather than pro-actively engage with them, even if the well being of someone we care about may be under threat.
We cannot say that there were no warning signs that trouble was brewing at Columbine high school. If we missed those warning signs, we have to forgive ourselves, but we must also try to learn from past mistakes and be more effectively vigilant next time. Studying footage, like the kind we have from Columbine,is one part of that learning process.
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miss-jakson13 minutes ago
Where' s THE BEACH
- SNOOKI So, Who's down to match my crazy lmao I'm desperate for friends lol
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those-gender-fluids14 minutes ago
A reminder, Fuckers
In a lot of sci-fi universes, aliens:
Are more advanced than us
Know of more than 2 genders
Don鈥檛 work dead-end jobs
Find use for everyone in society
Have eliminated poverty
Have eliminated homelessness
Have eliminated illness
Have eliminated waste
Are generally a lot happier than humans
Be more like Aliens
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lezlieknope21 minutes ago
it鈥檚 so confusing when people who are attracted to men say they 鈥渉ate men鈥 or 鈥渕en are the worst鈥 like why do they do that like yeah men ARE the worst but i don鈥檛 think we mean the same thing when we say that
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salty-memes25 minutes ago
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hunter-the-capricorn26 minutes ago
Stop invalidating trans men and stop glorifying trans w*m*n instead! Trans men deserve love too :(
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gothpanda30 minutes ago
I still want a Brokeback Mountain remake where we get a happy fuckin鈥 ending
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