I guess I'm in the fairly new range, and your post just put into place everything chaotic thing I've been feeling since discovering and watching his videos. But I've got a genuine question on 2. How does Lucas even know about this place. With his age, double digit IQ, and general lack of exposure to technology, his understanding of the internet should be at boomer level - where they believe the internet is composed of just facebook and instagram where all the kids are to do what they do. Also, I guess porn. But how did Lucas even find out about this place, and understand it's a forum that discusses his incel chimp behavior.. it's just hard to believe he'd have enough understanding of the internet and have enough self consciousness to have googled himselfWe all fall into the delicious trap of psychoanalysing Lucas. It’s irresistible and there’s nothing wrong with viewing him through that kind of scope. I do however agree with you when it comes to truly understanding Lücas.
In the past I’ve been very wrong with predicting Lucas’s behaviour, but over the last year I’ve got much better at it. I see myself all the time when observing budding Wernologists both here and on SOFALAW; Lucas shows an upward trend in aggressive/manic behaviour and suddenly its “oooh he’s going to get locked up for this” or “his mom will surely step in”. I smile and wisely shake my head at this naive but enthusiastic observation from students of Wern.
Lucas’s behaviour is not entirely unpredictable. Here are some tips to those newcomers starting to go down the rabbit hole:
1. Wernology requires a total cultural disconnect. If you assume that Wern’s understanding of decency, communication and sex in any way resemble that of your own culture, you’ll get nowhere.
2. The observer effect is strong. We know very well that Lucas reads this thread. How often and how he perceives what is written remains an unanswered question. That said;
3. Just as trying to elicit responses from Lucas can have unsatisfactory/unpredictable consequences, so to can trying to interpret them. Similar to how people interpret a dog’s smile as a sign of happiness (in reality it means many things, including fear), never try and project normal human feelings or experiences onto him. Lucas is a different animal and it is therefore cruel to do so.
4. Leave your morals and emotions at the door or you’re going to get hurt. Studying Lucas can lead to strong feelings of disgust and loathing. You’ll see your political alignment gradually meander North West as you see the Wern as a product of a failed welfare state. You may even become jaded and prejudiced towards others with similar diagnoses to Lucas. This is avoidable by, as my fellow and highly learned Wernologist said in the above quote, taking an anthropological stance.