It seems to me that the recent deeds of ……… ………. cast a serious aspersion on the reputation of higher learning and the worth of knowledge in general. That is a depressing if not completely unacceptable predicament in many ways. I don’t know where he was studying, with whom, in what topic area or, indeed, the topic of his thesis. Perhaps even those details don’t matter. It seems plainly obvious to me that his psychological education was far from well rounded by any interpretation. 1. There is a train of thought that to meet such a tragedy with something good is a crime in itself. There is another train of thought that crime deserves significant response – also occasionally known as the deterrent hypothesis of criminal justice. That response is usually in apparently poor taste. If it is in poor taste to meet such a tragedy with a…retaliatory act then it’s worth doing IMHO. 2. If it’s worth responding to such a tragedy with an act of compassionate kindness, with the simple aim of improving the mood/optimism of those negatively impacted by the tragedy, then it’s obviously worth doing. I would suggest people en mass give away (reasonably small) amounts of paper money to random pedestrians some time soon. I’ve wanted to contribute something substantive socio-scientific to this forum for a while and I suppose this is as close to my area of expertise as anything. NB. The other objection (IMO) to responding (significantly) to a “one man massacre” like this is that to do so would heap more attention on perpetrator, which is what they crave/were motivated by more than anything. Knowledge of a simple diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (aka delusions of grandeur/an unrealistically inflated ego; one possible cure being reminded to “get over yourself” etc) could well ameliorate that problem to a large extent. Suggestions compadres?