A great majority of what I’m seeing today, in terms of violent activities and lawlessness, I believe stems from poverty with no escape due to a rigged system; the “criminal” lashes out in an attempt to escape the matrix set up around them by the banking system, for example.
There are those of us who realize this and fall into despair knowing we can’t get out, that there is no carrot – it’s an illusion set up by the system. Now, there are others of us who have this awakening and double-barrel bird flip the entirety of it and break out. These are the “outlaws” such as Butch Cassidy and also Clyde Barrow.
We will begin with Butch. From a LARGE Mormon family set in, of course, Beaver, Utah in the late 1800’s, Butch, then known as Bob (maybe Rob, idk), knew all too well the hardships of ranch life and just scraping by. Butch was a very decent human being, but realized the futility of the system. As hard as his father ever worked, it was never enough and he had no desire to work THAT hard for nothing. I mean, this is more than just the banks constantly threatening to take their land, there was drought and indigenous populations that had been invaded upon and pillaged (at the very least). He was inspired by a Mike Cassidy who would scrape a few cows off of this herd and that and sell them. Illegal, yes. Immoral, yes. You want to eat more than just dirt, yes – do what you have to do. Butch was very clever, indeed; the brains of the bunch he ended up with. No one was ever killed. He even knew when to bail and head out to Argentina. He and Sundance (and the woman who went w/him) set up a nice ranch there and went straight; would’ve lived out the rest of their lives in peace had it not been for the system. Oh, no, did their revenue stream get disturbed? Could they not afford to buy that new fashionable hat from Paris as soon as it came out? Ah, they had to wait a whole week, the humiliation.
Butch lived his life throwing caution to the wind, pursuing his objective w/abandon. He did recognize the demands set by society but refused to live in the pit with them. The 1%’ers who exist outside of this pit hate it when someone tries to sneak off a little power and life from the system. They hate it!
If and when the bank makes some money and they can see the family is struggling to live, give the farm to them! Forgive the loan and be compassionate. Had they done this, it is very likely Bob never becomes Butch. Butch was simply responding to the environmental conditions presented to him. He became Butch in order to survive!
Very similar story with Clyde Barrow. Now we’re talking Texas, early 1900’s. Clyde was inquisitive and outspoken. His life was full of predicaments and impossible missions. This is what he craved. Kind of like some people who cut themselves to feel alive, he set out to break the system, to create a painful crack to stuff himself through to get out of the pit. Tenacious, he would never have quit. It had to end the way it did: dramatically! He loved the way he went out. He was riding the bomb all the way down, waving his hat the whole time.
He was also born into a large family stuck in the poverty loop in Telico, Tx. His older brother was the influence which awakened him to the oppression of the system and how to go about finding the cracks through. Clyde, then, wedged himself in that crack – gung ho! All in!
He fell in love with Bonnie. They both ended up in-and-out of prison, doing time, but found each other at the end and began to settle. However, again, the system keeps poking. It never believes someone can change. It keeps punishing and pushing, creating its own self-fulfilling prophecy (that once a criminal, always a criminal). Clyde, needing to survive, began to wedge his way even harder to get out of the pit, driven by the nuts outside the pit.
Finally, this exercise has exploded as more and more of the population wake up and realize the illusion, realize their loss of meaning in life and they violently express their rage. This may often times be sub-conscious, but it manifests in very similar manners: flying planes into buildings, mass shootings, bombings, etc. This is the effect of the crushing system and its illusion, once realized. Yes, it makes me sad. You can’t have a Butch or a Clyde without the oppressive system. You break the system, you lose the ultra violence.