I don't think that Burgess' sentiment is limited to the young. The impulse to create remains with us in all of life's stages; people, who fail to find a positive way to fulfill this impulse, may do something destructive. They may not. I believe that many of the violent incidents which have occurred in recent years and days illustrate that advancing beyond youth does not mark the end of this type of behavior. They man who pulled the trigger at Ward Parkway was in his 50s and really frustrated--out of work, out of food and apparently out of time.
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Violence among young people ... is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.
Anthony Burgess (b. 1917), British author and critic. London Independent (London, Jan. 31, 1990).
Source:The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996