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Nihilism, through the opened door

This New York Times article on the Arizona killer begins to piece together his true character.  Although others since the event have made references to his weird mind and disposition, we get a bit more insight from a friend, a 21 year-old no less, Zane Gutierrez: "He was a nihilist and loves causing chaos, and that is probably why he did the shooting, along with the fact he was sick in the head."  Gutierrez said they talked about his reading Nietzsche's The Will to Power, and about his dreams: "Jared felt nothing existed but his subconscious," Mr. Gutierrez said. "The dream world was what was real to Jared, not the day-to-day of our lives."  They went shooting together, this anarchist and this insightful young man, and he explains that Loughner "used the word hollow to describe how fake the real world was to him." He also explains that he became "until he became proficient at handling the weapon and firing it quickly."
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