GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: WHO IS HE? THE STORY BEHIND THE PERSON
Recently, the news has been filled with stories about the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, in Sanford FL. Much has been written and talked about regarding the events leading up to, and culminating in Martin's death. The trial of Zimmerman ended in an acquittal. As a Numerologist, I am interested in George Michael Zimmerman, the person. What makes him tick? Could he be capable of killing someone? What might drive him to act in such an aggressive fashion? Is he capable of being an individual driven by fear/hate/racism and by his own idea of what is right or wrong? This profile of him will provide insight into what makes George Zimmerman tick and what may have been behind his actions on that fateful night.
In a numerological profile, I put emphasis on the Challenges (the issues in life as determined by the Life Path) and the Karmic Lessons (determined by the numbers that are missing in the spelling of one's name). The combination of these aspects of the chart go a long way in showing the areas of life in which an individual will have difficulties that result in aberrant or 'wrong' behavior. Coupled with the information provided through the rest of the chart, one can get a clear picture of what makes someone tick and how they may behave in various situations.
George Michael Zimmerman, born on 10/5/1983 has a 19/1 Soul Urge; a 21/3 Personality/Image; a 13/4 Expression and a 9 Life Path. His sub-Challenges are 4, 2, and 2 with a Lifetime Challenge of 2. Of his Major Numbers the 19/1 and the 13/4 are Karmic Numbers indicating that upon entering this plane he brought forth with him major lessons and energies and many, dramatic choices during the course of this lifetime.
While the 19/1 Soul Urge indicates leadership talents that could be useful it also shows that in all situations the All (9) must be considered in the doing of the One (1). As with all numbers, 19/1 has both positive and negative aspects. The positive aspects show great talent in heading up projects and a strong ability to take mistakes, learn from them, and turn them into something beneficial. It certainly can attract love and money resulting in a good marriage, a contented home life, material success as well as honor and esteem. The 19/1 can create many twists and turns in life which may result in starting over on many occasions. One of the important lessons of this number is the mastering of emotions, as failing to do so will result in emotional upheavals and uncontrolled impulses. This, in turn, can lead to material loss and failures. A truly negative 19/1 may lead a double life, creating a positive image on one hand while leading a life of deceit and a lack of truth. This path will lead to what could be construed as a spiritual fall as well as a testing of one's courage. Losses come about through unseen dangers and treachery. It is possible that out of this tragedy could come growth and healing that can lead to being an influence in the relief of suffering. Only time will tell if Zimmerman will learn the big lesson from this tragedy and move forward to enlighten himself and others.
21/3 is a fortuitous number that can bring about good fortune and success. This is an expressive and creative energy that calls for an orderly progression of things to assure success. Acting without thinking will bring about problems that can not only impact oneself, they will impact others. Negatively the same tenacity that can result in success will also assure loss as situations with others can remove the things that provide a sense of security. The negative 21/3 is also very stubborn and refuses to learn the lessons that life offers. Once again, Zimmerman can take this situation and turn it into something that benefits others (and by extension, himself) as the number represents the cosmic consciousness.
The 13/4 Expression number in Zimmerman's chart is one of the most karmic of all the Karmic Numbers. With its representation of 'death', the 13/4 shows that the lifetime can be a continuing series of lives and deaths through a never-ending progression of changes. This number is very much an 'all or nothing' vibration with every situation being of great importance and dramatic cause and effect.
Those with the 13/4 must learn to ride the peaks and valleys of life and be willing to embrace the changes that come along. Just as things seem to settle down, something else comes along that requires attention and focus. Because of this condition, a secure home and secure relationships are necessary as a grounding device. Although not a leader, per se, the 13/4 will carry on for others. This could lead to a heightened sense of self-importance as Zimmerman
would see himself as the person who can take care of what he perceives to be 'problems'. Coupled with his 9 Life Path, George has a heightened sense of idealism and he may see many things as a 'cause' to which he must devote time and energy.
The negative side of the 13/4 carries with it a bad temper that leads to rash actions that can harm others. This leads to changes that are destructive and detrimental to his own life and possibly the lives of those around him. In this condition of the 13/4, one is spiritually asleep and unaware of the bigger picture and the part that each of us plays in creating a whole that is beneficial to everyone.
As with the previous numbers, opportunities abound for Zimmerman to manifest changes that will improve his life and the lives of others. If he were to become an advocate for tolerance and acceptance, he could go a long way towards healing the wounds created by his actions.
The major lesson of the 9 Life Path is to learn one's humanitarian purpose and share it. 9, with its great compassion, tolerance and altruistic take on life, can always be a force for good, often sacrificing itself for the benefit of the greater collective. It is the 9 that can lead the way by offering up an example of what a good life can do and how it can be beneficial. The caution with the 9 is always to be aware of a tendency to be too idealistic without giving any thought to how one can affect others by forcing one 's ideals on those people. This is also a vibration that can lead to great disappointment because of an unwillingness, or inability to conceive of a perspective other than the one that is held. Negatively, the 9 can be overly emotional, frustrated, selfish, unfulfilled, burdened and easily disappointed. If Zimmerman feels these conditions (and I fell strongly that he does) it would cause him to act irrationally without much thought given to the consequences of his actions. He lacks the understanding of others' motives and could easily be immoral, vulgar and a liar.
In looking at the Challenges and Karmic Lessons in George Zimmerman's chart, one can begin to truly understand in what areas he would have the most difficulties and, by extension, how these issues could manifest themselves in his day-to-day life.
George has no 2s in the spelling of his name. The Lesson here is to learn patience with, and tolerance of, others. There is a lack of consideration for others and the qualities of tact and co-operation may be missing. Coupled with the fact that he only has 1-1 in the spelling of his name (showing a lessened sense of self), he may look for ways to assert himself to make himself feel better without giving a thought to how his actions may affect others. What truly exacerbates these conditions is the 2nd and 3rd Sub-Challenges of 2 and a Lifetime Challenge of 2. Zimmerman's biggest challenge in life is to learn to be patient, tolerant of others and sensitive to others. With the representation of the 2 in the realm of partnerships and relationships, he would constantly be tested in how he interacts with others. The Universe, in its infinite wisdom, would continually put him in situations in which he would have to overcome his Challenge and become a loving and understanding person.
George also has 2-8s in the spelling of his name and the 8 can add the element of a temper, anger and rage to an individual. Again, coupled with the lack of 2s and the below average number of 1s, he would conceivably overcompensate by projecting (falsely) a sense of power and control. Because Zimmerman has a 4 Challenge in the 1st position (covering the time period up to the age of 27 and beyond if the Challenge has not been met and overcome), control issues would be a major consequence. This would also create issues
around self-control. The 1st position 4 Challenge also indicates that
he came out of a home that was very disciplined and controlled, quite possibly leading to an attitude of rebellion and a search for ways in which he could exercise his own control over others. Add to the 4 Challenge the fact that there are 3-4s in the spelling of his name and there is a recipe for potential disaster. The average number of 4s in the average name is 1-2. Having 3-4s would add to the controlling nature of the individual while also making the person somewhat anal retentive with a strong desire to create and maintain order and discipline in his life. Anything that may upset that scenario could easily trigger a response that in many instances would be physical. Coupled with the 2-8s in his chart, it is easy to see that George might react in a physical fashion to anything that upsets him, or anything that triggers a visceral response in line with his preconceived ideas of things.
Other conditions that reside in Zimmerman's chart and that could add to a very, negative persona are the 8 Physical letters, 4 Mental letters, 3 Emotional letters and 6 Intuitive letters in the spelling of his name. Separately, these conditions may be easily handled and directed in a positive fashion. Combined, they could spell problems and potential disaster. The 8 Physical letters make him ambitious for power (his desire to be a policeman and his relegation to being a neighborhood watch person). The 4 Mental letters make him very determined and quite willing to pursue that which he feels he should be doing. 3 Emotional letters indicate that he is a person that wants admiration and who would act impulsively. Finally, the 6 Intuitive letters show that in his mind he sees himself doing 'big' things and that he acts from a place of delusions of grandeur.
In summary, I believe, based upon my almost three decades of working with Numerology, that George Zimmerman was not only capable of killing Trayvon Martin, in all probability he could justify it in his own mind. This, in combination with the 'stand your ground' laws in Florida, provided a toxic stew of ingredients that led to the death of a young man. Yet, in its way, this event, with George Zimmerman at the heart of it, could lead to a re-examination of these laws and more deeply, the racial divide that still exists in 21st Century America. Perhaps as an outcome of all of this, Zimmerman will (unwittingly) be a catalyst for change, fulfilling part of the requirements for who he is.
We must all examine our parts in this ever-changing world in which we live and do our best to improve ourselves individually and by extension, improve the greater good for all.
Trayvon Martin: Victim, Aggressor, or Fulfilling His Destiny?
The tragic event that took place in Sanford FL on February 26, 2012 resulted in the death of a teenager, the arrest of a neighborhood watchman, and a resultant trial ending in the acquittal of George Zimmerman. On the surface, this could have just been a random occurrence, emboldened by a bizarre law (stand your ground) and what may, or may not have been a situation that was racially charged and motivated.
What does Numerology tell us about Trayvon Martin? Was he solely a victim? Could he have been the instigator of actions that resulted in his death? And, more deeply, what do the numbers show about this tragic event?
Trayvon Benjamin Martin was born on February 5, 1995 and had just celebrated his 17th birthday, three weeks before he lost his life. He had a 12/3 Soul Urge; a 12/3 Personality/Image; a 15/6 Expression; and a 13/4 Life Path. His sub-Challenges are a 3 in the 1st position; a 1 in the 2nd position; a 2 in the 3rd position; and a 4 Lifetime Challenge. The 13/4 Life Path is the same number as George Zimmerman's 13/4 Expression.
Trayvon's chart shows him to be a sociable, charming young man who had a lot going for himself. He was not without his issues (as we all are) and there are similarities between his chart and the chart of George Zimmerman that could have certainly contributed to the events of that night. Once again, in another of what seems to be a series of ongoing tragedies involving firearms, there are karmic lessons at play indicating that this event has implications and lessons for the whole, and not just for those involved. The 12/3 in two positions indicate that Trayvon had great poise and he may have been viewed as somewhat odd by those who knew him, as he might have projected great inner strength. This was coupled with a tolerance for those people, lifestyles and beliefs that were different than his. On a very deep level, he understood that life is just an illusion and that one's life was a result of their beliefs. He also understood the transitory nature of life and held a place of peace within himself. In the deepest core of his being, he was not attached to worldly matters. Perhaps the most important aspect of the 12/3 energy is that one may lead a life of voluntary sacrifice that includes difficulties, trials and tribulations yet nothing can rattle a deep serenity. As a numerologist, I interpret this to mean that part of the purpose of Trayvon's being was to be a catalyst or instrument of awareness and change.
The 15/6 Expression shows that Trayvon had a personal magnetism and a talent for earning or receiving money and gifts from others. Yet, he also knew that he must work for that which he desired. This energy also would have made him strong-willed and diligent and the possessing of a willingness to go after, and obtain that which he wanted. The 6 energy can be somewhat materialistic and I would say that there may have been a inner conflict regarding materialism for the 12/3 energy in his chart, being cognizant of the transitory illusion of life , is not necessarily concerned with the material aspects of living. One of the negative aspects of the 15/6 may be a lack of emotional control resulting in a violent reaction to their 'lot in life'. A confrontation could easily result in him lashing out, as he might perceive the confrontation to be a confirmation of who, and what he is and that would be uncomfortable for him.
The 13/4 Life Path number in Martin's chart is one of the most karmic of all the Karmic Numbers. With its representation of 'death', the 13/4 shows that the lifetime can be a continuing series of 'lives and deaths' through a never-ending progression of changes. This number is very much an 'all or nothing' vibration with every situation being of great importance and dramatic cause and effect. Those with the 13/4 must learn to ride the peaks and valleys of life and be willing to embrace the changes that come along. Just as things seem to settle down, something else comes along that requires attention and focus. Because of this condition, a secure home and secure relationships are necessary as a grounding device. Martin's 13/4 Life Path is the same number as Zimmerman's 13/4 Expression. In other words, the path of Trayvon's life was energetically the same as the energy of who Zimmerman must be in this lifetime. The negative side of the 13/4 carries with it a bad temper that leads to rash actions that can harm others. This leads to changes that are destructive and detrimental to his own life and possibly the lives of those around him. In this condition of the 13/4, one is spiritually asleep and unaware of the bigger picture, and the part that each of us plays in creating a whole that is beneficial to everyone. Couple that with the fact that the day of the incident that propelled both these people into the public spotlight (2/26/2102) was a 13/4 Personal Day (all or nothing) or Trayvon, on a 15/6 Universal Day, and I will infer that this was a day during which both parties were to meet their destiny in what was immediately a tragedy, yet in the long run could be a catalyst for a new discussion in this country about guns and the issue of 'stand your ground' laws.
There are other points of similarity in the charts of Trayvon and George. Zimmerman has a 4 1st Challenge (under which he would have still felt the influence as the issue will remain if not learned and overcome), and Trayvon's Lifetime Challenge was a 4. With its representation of 'control issues', this could have certainly contributed to the volatility of the situation as each of them would have looked to be the dominant force in what happened. Both individuals have 3-4s in the spelling of their names and this would indicate a potential physical reaction to anger and/or confrontation. On the Physical Plane, both have eight letters, showing that both men were ambitious for power and may exert said desire to make their case. Martin and Zimmerman both have four letters on the Mental Plane making both of them very determined in that in which they are engaged. (Obviously, these two conditions could easily create a volatile situation).
Trayvon's 1st Challenge was a 3 indicating that he might have been struggling to overcome some self-esteem issues and feel comfortable with himself. In conjunction with having no 3s in the spelling of his name, he may have had a difficult time expressing himself. Another contributing factor could be Trayvon's 1 Challenge
in the 2nd position. A 1 Challenge is an indication of an individual having a difficult time with authority and being told what to do. The natural inclination of the person with a 1 Challenge is to confront authority. If Trayvon considered Zimmerman to be an authority figure, he might have naturally taken on that authority (and, because Zimmerman wasn't a true 'authority' figure, he may have been disregarded by Trayvon, triggering an angry reaction of '...how dare you, do you know who I am?'). While Trayvon may not necessarily have had a temper, Zimmerman does, and my sense is that Trayvon's initial reaction might not have been borne out of anger as much as other more deep-seated emotional issues (represented by the 3 Challenge and the 1 Challenge). Trayvon had a sensitivity for others that Zimmerman did not (evidenced by the lack of 2s in the spelling of his George's name and his 2 Challenge in 3 positions).
Taken all together, this was a mix of energies that had great potential for going wrong, and sadly, they did. Trayvon's Personal Day on February 26, 2012 was a 20/2 showing that for him, this was a transformational day regarding his abilities to get along with others. The 20/2 indicates that a sudden event would certainly bring on a major decision as to how one is going to proceed thus establishing a major turning point in one's life. Perhaps if events did not escalate so quickly, decisions could have been made that would have save a life, and prevented another from being turned upside down.
The purpose of this essay is not to assess guilt or innocence for either party, although in many ways, they were both guilty of something. In looking at the bigger, esoteric picture, this event may have very well been something to which both parties 'agreed' at some point in time before physical incarnation. In the way of the spirit, both were fulfilling an obligation to each other, and to the macro level of human existence. As I stated earlier, this may have been more to bring to the attention of all, the strange ways in which we behave towards one another, totally forsaking humanity and compassion for the sake of ideals and agendas. Obviously, America is a country that still struggles with issues of race and, we are a country that has a violent streak that continues unabated. If we all step back a bit and look at the big picture, we may realize that it is time to have the conversations that are necessary regarding the fact that we are all here together, and what affects one, affects all. In their own way, Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman thrust these issues onto center stage with Trayvon sacrificing his life for the cause. Will Zimmerman's life ever be the same? I think not, although there is opportunity for him to become a voice in bringing
people together. Can America, as a country, overcome its partisan divisions so that we make steps towards healing? Each of us as individuals can only do our part, yet it is the culmination of the acts of many that can affect the whole. What part will you take?
Blessings of Love & Light
© 2013, Michael John Fierro
A NUMEROLOGICAL PROFILE OF THE AURORA, CO THEATER SHOOTER
When tragedies of the magnitude of the Colorado shootings take place, the obvious question is “Why?” Why would someone do something so terrible? What drove him to behave in such an aberrant and violent fashion? Could there have been any warning signs that may have circumvented the particular situation? I'm unsure whether it could have been prevented, but I do know that in looking at James Holmes' chart, there are certainly some areas of concern that would have, at least, raised some warning signs and which I, as a Numerologist, would have addressed as areas that needed some work and perhaps a change in attitude and direction. I'm not saying that if Mr. Holmes had been my client I could have seen this coming, nor would I have been able to prevent it. I am saying that there are definitely signs of someone who is lacking concern for others, and who may hold a somewhat dispassionate attitude towards others.
Numerology provides an insight into the individual through an interpretation of that person's birth name and birth date. Within the context of these two pieces of information is all one needs to know to understand what makes that person 'tick'. All numbers have both positive and negative characteristics and attributes and it is up to the individual to make the determination on exactly how he or she chooses to manifest the particular energies.
JAMES EAGAN HOLMES 12/13/1987
James Eagan Holmes has a 6 Soul Urge; a 7 Personality/Image; a 4 Expression; and a 5 Life Path. His life Challenges are a 1-1st Challenge; a 3-2nd Challenge; a 2-3rd Challenge; and a 4 Lifetime Challenge. In the spelling of his name he is missing 2s and 9s. He is in his 11 Personal Year with an 11/2 Essence. Also, he has 6 letters on the Physical Plane; 7 on the Mental Plane; 2 on the Emotional Plane; and 1 on the Intuitive Plane.
What does this all mean?
A 6 Soul Urge is the person who is 'of service to others' which would explain James' education in the medical field. Possessing a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to help others, he is also someone who needs recognition and appreciation for what he does. With family being important to him, any negative issues in his home and family life would create problems and issues. The 6 Soul Urge needs roots and a stable home life in order to feel grounded in the world. He also possesses a strong sense of responsibility. On the negative side, his need for appreciation could manifest itself in a degree of co-dependent behavior creating problems in inter-personal relationships. Also, coupled with 1-6 in the spelling of his name, he may also have a tendency towards stubborn and opinionated behavior, with a strong sense of needing to be right. James also has 6 letters on the Physical Plane which increases his sense of duty and responsibility while amplifying all the other traits of the 6 as listed above. To a degree, he may actually feel everything in a very physical fashion.
The 7 Personality/Image number creates a somewhat reclusive individual. James is someone who is hard to get a read on and may come across as somewhat aloof and enigmatic and he would tend towards being a loner. There is definitely an energy of 'what you see is not what you get' and he is someone who is quite guarded. He would appear to be quite intelligent and thoughtful and my caution to him would be to be sure that he does not isolate himself too greatly. The more isolated and hermetic he becomes, the more likely he would be to 'live in his head'. This would lead to too much thought and create both secretive and possibly negative thought patterns to take hold. On the truly negative end of the vibrational spectrum of this number, he may be prone to 'seeing things and situations' that are not there and would also run the danger of creating things in his mind, while justifying and rationalizing them, because of his need to be right. James has 7 letters on the Mental Plane which adds to his very introspective and reclusive nature. He is a person who wants to be alone and work alone. He is a deep thinker who definitely runs the danger of spending too much time in his head which can lead to conspiracies and elaborate thoughts while creating an environment for nefarious behavior. He would be an excellent planner and would think through anything he partakes, leaving no 't' uncrossed or 'I' undotted. He is shrewd and very observant while at the same time he is silent and secretive. It is conceivable that even if he has any truly close friends, they may have absolutely no idea what he is actually thinking (or planning). He also possesses very strong mathematical and scientific skills. The 7 energy would also create tendencies towards being anti-social, crude, fearful, suspicious and unreasonable. Bizarre appearance and behavior may also be hallmarks of James.
James' 4 Expression makes him a planner and organizer who may be quite gifted in working with his hands. This talent would be magnified by the 2-4s that appear in the spelling of his name. He would appear to be calm, cool and collected in almost all situations, especially one of high stress. Careful and cautious by nature he lacks spontaneity which leads me to believe that his actions were the result of a great deal of planning and deliberation. His actions were not something which he 'just woke up and decided to do'. His manual dexterity, in all probability, added to his ability to handle his weapons and build whatever devices with which he booby-trapped his apartment. James may also have a tendency towards being jealous and petty while also being stubborn, antagonistic and intractable. The 4 energy would also make him somewhat of a control freak. Coupled with his 4 Lifetime Challenge, control issues (especially self-control) are a major problem for him.
The 5 Life Path is a lifetime of adventure and change. It can also be a very, experiential lifetime and caution would need to be exercised in the realm of 'pleasures of the senses'. There could exist a tendency to overindulge in things. Additionally, issues of justice may be prevalent (5 is often associated with law and order). James may possess a somewhat distorted sense of justice that led to his behavior at the theater. (I will be interested in hearing his reasons for his actions when the time comes that his story is revealed). The negative conditions of the 5 Life Path can be perversity, rudeness, carelessness, and irresponsibility. James may also have a proclivity to engage in actions that are unnecessarily risky. He definitely needs to beware of a tendency towards self-absorption. Learning to acquire and maintain balance is his biggest life lesson.
In my work, I put a great deal of emphasis on the Challenges. These are the issues in life and the major stumbling blocks to acquiring a sense of wholeness and contentment. In James' chart, he has a 1 1st Challenge which would indicate that he comes out of a home that was probably somewhat authoritarian. Additionally, it indicates that he has difficulties with authority and does not like to be told what to do. He is certainly an individual who chafes at the thought of not being able to do as he pleases, when he pleases. His 2nd Challenge is a 3, indicating that he has issues around self-esteem and self-expression. It is quite possible that when he was young, he was not allowed to fully express himself and was constantly put down or denigrated in some fashion. James' 3rd Challenge is a 2. The 2 Challenge is one of learning and developing patience, as well as learning tolerance and sensitivity towards others. His Lifetime Challenge of 4 (as I discussed in a previous paragraph) shows that he has major issues surrounding control. Control of his own behavior and also, control issues in his relationships with others (he may be the recipient and instigator of controlling behavior). A 4 Challenge can also indicate restrictions on freedom, many times in the form of jail time. The combination of these Challenges would create in James feelings of inadequacy and a strong desire to make his mark so that he may prove any naysayers incorrect.
James' is in a 11/2 Personal Year which is coupled with an 11/2 Essence (derived from a breakdown of the spelling of the name on a year-to-year basis). The 11/2 Personal Year means that James needed to be open to new ideas and inspiration. Recognition for his actions is also part of the dynamic, and in the most negative of ways, he certainly has gained recognition for his horrific deed. As with all Master Number energy, negativity and negative thoughts and actions need to be avoided. The underlying 2 of his Personal Year indicates that this is a year in which he needed to work towards greater harmony in his life and his relationships. These matters would be put to the test and he would be confronted with the duality of situations as a means to grow. His 11/2 Essence shows this year to be one of importance and a learning period. A crisis (or crises) may show up that creates a sudden break in his associations and may very well cause a shock to his emotional well-being. (It is quite possible that he has recently experienced a dramatic break-up with a girlfriend, or someone else of importance in his life or there may have been some turmoil in his family). This year may be very disturbing to James and he may be feeling a sense of loss or separation from something important to him. If James exhibited an unwillingness to co-operate and share with others, he may have felt as though he was beholden to the whims of others which would lead to frustration, resentment and anger. This is certainly a year of tests and perhaps legal dealing s (which will now definitely be a part of his existence). Again, patience, tolerance and sensitivity are called for in all his dealing with others and in his actions towards others. Again, this is a challenging year, filled with tests, and my sense here is that something with which he was dealing pushed him over the edge (probably because it was out of his control and not going his way).
Two other things in James' chart add to the complexity of who he is. These things are the fact that he is missing both 2s and 9s in the spelling of his name. Numbers that are missing in the spelling of the birth name are karmic lessons. Lessons that were brought forth into this lifetime because they needed to be learned. No 2s indicates a lack of consideration for others. This also shows a lack of patience tact and willingness to work in concert with others. No 9s shows that James is lacking a broadness in approach to others as well as lacking compassion and tolerance. He may have a strong tendency towards selfishness and he may be lacking any feelings of remorse of forgiveness. These missing 2s and 9s would create in James a very dispassionate and disconnected attitude towards others. In other words, he is among others without feeling any connection to them. It is quite possible that his actions in the theater were done in a very robotic and unfeeling fashion.
In summary, James is a complex and somewhat difficult person who may be dealing with 'demons' brought about through his stubbornness, lack of sensitivity and his driving need to be in control and right! He probably has an ability, and a tendency, to distance himself from those around him without every realizing that something is not right. In many ways, these are the traits of the psychopath. I am sure that in his own mind, his actions were totally justified and he probably can rationalize his behavior without giving any consideration to the damage he has wrought. His seeming lack of humanity creates an insulation for him from his actions. My sense is that he was a somewhat troubled youth who felt quite misunderstood and who blames those around him, instead of taking responsibility for his participation in whatever situations took place. His intelligence and sense of his own righteousness are probably more than enough for him to plan and execute his actions. He probably gave no thought to the repercussions or damage that would be caused by what he did. The fact that he surrendered to authorities (to me) shows that he was in his own world during the time that he was executing his plan and that he may not have even been aware of the horror he was creating.
Could this have been prevented? Perhaps., but it would have taken someone with great insight into his personality and character who would have been able to draw him out of his self-created shell. I will be curious to hear more about him as this story continues to unfold. I wonder if anyone in his family will be able to identify and admit to knowing that 'something wasn't quite right'.
Copyright 2012 by Michael John Fierro. Reprinting, or use of this article, or any portion of this article is strictly prohibited without express written consent of the author.