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There is nothing much you can do about lone wolf random attacks like this. The guy has schizophrenia, by all accounts. There were no warning signs. He probably didn't wake up that morning and say to himself, 'I'm going to go stab some people'. As a person with a divergent brain myself, I can tell you that ideas like that can pop into your head randomly with seemingly no cause or origin.

For me, I hear that and say, 'WTF no way!' but on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much.

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Was he possibly an incel? He had made many posts on social media platforms, seemingly looking for company. He had wanted to join a shooting party, asked for people to come surfing with him, or take him out to do some astrophotography, sightseeing, backpacking, looked for language exchanges and so forth. He had posted reviews of strip clubs, and advertised his services as a male escort. It gives me the impression that he was starved of company, especially female company.

Couple all of that with his mental health struggles, an obsession with knives, and a history (not criminal history, but he was known to police) and it could be painting a picture of his motivations that manifested in this attack. Also, it's completely possible that I'm totally wrong. I accept that.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/joel-cauchi-who-was-the-sydney-mall-stabbing-attacker/ar-BB1lB38b

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^^^Sorry, second paragraph: ..., and a history of police interactions...

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METATTOKYOToday  12:33 pm JST

There is nothing much you can do about lone wolf random attacks like this. The guy has schizophrenia, by all accounts. There were no warning signs. He probably didn't wake up that morning and say to himself, 'I'm going to go stab some people'. As a person with a divergent brain myself, I can tell you that ideas like that can pop into your head randomly with seemingly no cause or origin.

For me, I hear that and say, 'WTF no way!' but on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much.

Then you should commit yourself to a permanent hospital.

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> AlongfortherideToday  01:23 pm JST

METATTOKYOToday  12:33 pm JST

There is nothing much you can do about lone wolf random attacks like this. The guy has schizophrenia, by all accounts. There were no warning signs. He probably didn't wake up that morning and say to himself, 'I'm going to go stab some people'. As a person with a divergent brain myself, I can tell you that ideas like that can pop into your head randomly with seemingly no cause or origin.

For me, I hear that and say, 'WTF no way!' but on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much.

Then you should commit yourself to a permanent hospital.

Thanks, I appreciate your concern, but I believe it's important to clarify that having intrusive thoughts, including thoughts of violence, is not uncommon and doesn't necessarily indicate a need for hospitalization. Many people, including myself, experience such thoughts without acting on them. It's crucial to destigmatize mental health issues and encourage open discussion without immediately resorting to drastic measures like 'go check into a hospital'.

That being said, seeking professional help when necessary is always a valid option, but it's also essential to recognize the nuances of mental health experiences. Let's continue with a bit more empathy and understanding for all perspectives okay?

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Very disturbing and complex topic requiring input from the best minds available in this field.

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METATTOKYOToday  12:33 pm JST

*first post: **"on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much"*

second post: "Many people, including myself, experience such thoughts"

No, they don't.

It's not true that many people experience the thoughts of actually planning a mass murder or even a lone one.

So if that's truly what your thoughts are, even if only rarely, you should seek immediate professional help.

I would certainly consider you a very real and potential threat, and I would not want my family or myself to be anywhere near you.

If you're actually at a planning point with something like this, or even skating close to it, I just wouldn't want to chance it.

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I never have violent thoughts against another human or animal.

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Quo PrimumToday  03:20 pm JST

METATTOKYOToday  12:33 pm JST

**first post: **"on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much"**

*second post: "**Many people, including myself, experience such thoughts"*

No, they don't.

It's not true that many people experience the thoughts of actually planning a mass murder or even a lone one.

So if that's truly what your thoughts are, even if only rarely, you should seek immediate professional help.

I would certainly consider you a very real and potential threat, and I would not want my family or myself to be anywhere near you.

If you're actually at a planning point with something like this, or even skating close to it, I just wouldn't want to chance it.

Don't think I said I'm planning anything Quo.

It's quite common for people who are neurodivergent to have intrusive thoughts but we never act on them.

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I can honestly say that I have not experienced “intrusive thoughts”. Do they seem like voices heard? Scary thought that there are people walking around among us who are experiencing this.

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AnonymousToday  05:21 pm JST

I can honestly say that I have not experienced “intrusive thoughts”. Do they seem like voices heard? Scary thought that there are people walking around among us who are experiencing this.

For me, I don't mind them because they act as a reminder that I intend to do the opposite (i.e., love my family and other people), and I often act on that instead. When incidents like this or murder and other violence, including suicide, occur, I can totally understand the experience the person went through so I have perhaps greater empathy than the average person.

You can't act without such thoughts, so most of the crimes that occur are based on intrusive thoughts rather than planned, calculated and rational thinking.

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The murderous dude may or may not have been a schizophrenic - nowadays it tends to be a catch all phrase to describe a lot of people who probably fit into other categories of mental illness.

What we know for sure is he first went for a baby, a baby who is no threat to anybody. Violent schizophrenics will target perceived threats like the ones who are convinced they are being oppressed by 'evil clones' and attack them or think they are being 'gang stalked' and marked for harm, to give two examples.

This killer knew what he was doing in going for people least likely to be able to strike back at him - women and a baby. This tells us something about his character, it's not all about how he couldn't do anything about it because of his alleged schizophrenia. Watch the footage and see how easily he backed off males apart from the security guard RIP who was expendable to him because he stood between him and his desire to kill females. I'm glad a woman brought him down.

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I believe it is vital to have understanding of Joel Cauchi....

My humble opinion, this Guardian piece appraisal comes close.

Joel Cauchi: who was the Queensland man who carried out the Bondi Junction mass stabbing?

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/14/joel-cauchi-who-was-the-queensland-man-who-carried-out-the-bondi-junction-mass-stabbing

How do we as a society assess define mental illness before/more importantly prevent such tragedy.

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Such a brave guy, targeting women.

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Lots of men have deep seeded hatred of women,it probably starts from their hatred of their mother

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Thankfully the police officer had a gun.

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Thankfully the police officer had a gun.

And even more appropriate the officer is a woman

Surprised she actually attempted CPR after shooting the attacker

She's a hero no doubt.

Sincere condolences to the deceased and injured/traumatized

I just read about a different knife attack in Sydney at a church

Goodness gracious

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Cauchi's assault, which lasted about half an hour, was brought to an end when solo police inspector Amy Scott shot him dead.

Well done officer..

Thanks..

Good riddance!!..

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Mental illness has ben repeatedly mentioned, but I think anyone (perhaps other than someone in a trade that requires knives) carrying a knife in public probably has mental issues, those carrying guns, especially something like a semi-automatic hand gun, definitely have mental issues, regardless of what laws might allow in some countries. Carrying a lethal weapon in public is a sign of mental illness to me, and has little to do with 'freedom', except perhaps in the minds of the mentally ill.

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I am a fan of the maxim, "Do not judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes." However, I do not want to understand how a crime like this is considered rational.

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