Last Friday, after midnight, a loud sound woke me up. It sounded like a traffic accident, but then it happened again, and again. I realized that someone was pounding on our apartment building. I am not responsible for the building, but I put on a coat and went to the front door, around 2 a.m.
I found someone trying to force their way into the building, by kicking the glass in the door to break it. I should have called the police first, but I was still waking up. I tapped on the glass and told the person to go away, but she refused and shouted at me. It dawned on me that she might be a visitor with the right to come in, so I opened the door, and she forced her way past me and ran up the stairs. I could smell alcohol on her as she passed me.
I am not ever permitted to let a violent drunk into the building because of concerns for the safety of the people inside, so I followed her up the stairs. She ran to a door and tried to open it, but I know my neighbor and I knew the drunk woman was trying to scam her way into someone’s apartment. She saw me following her and ran through the building. I was able to ask another tenant if the woman lived in our building, and they confirmed she did not. I told that person to get back into their apartment and lock the door.
Then I called the police.
When I say “she” I mean the aggressive drunk was an attractive young woman, about twenty years old, and tall, with some jewellery and an expensive hair cut. She was wearing expensive party clothes, but she had no shoes or coat. She couldn’t break the glass because her feet were too soft without shoe soles.
She must have come from a party across the street, and I guess she was running away from someone. I’m glad that person stayed away. Later, we saw from the security cameras that her blouse was ripped.
The temperature outside was about minus 30 C or minus 22 F, severe cold weather. Hypothermia and frostbite are common at that range, and a person impaired by alcohol and probably drugs could easily die without warm clothes. It happens too often, they collapse in the snow and someone finds the body later, or they survive with some limbs amputated. Hospital workers tell me this is too common.
There was more drama on Friday night, she ran outside to a taxi but the driver argued and drove away, so she came back to the door and demanded that I let her in again. I let her in, and the police arrived a few minutes later. They took her away quickly and I was able to get back to bed. The next day was a busy work day for me.
So what happened?
“She” was a problem for a large number of people, but she didn’t seem to care. She would not explain or ask for help politely; she ordered us aggressively, as if we were her servants. I understand the impairment from drugs and alcohol, and the stress from danger, but there was another quality. “She” was very arrogant, she made her problems into our responsibility, and she talked down to us aggressively.
The problem was Narcissism and she was a Millennial. It’s a lifestyle, people live like that.
Psychologists often discuss the millennial generation and narcissism:
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My experience was strange because of the danger. The young woman was not just selfish and annoying; she was in danger, other residents in the building had to lock their doors, and if an aggressive man had followed her into the building, I would have been in danger. I’m glad the police came so quickly.
And what I witnessed the other night, was predicted in the Bible about two thousand years ago. We were promised that our society “in the last days” would have these problems. This is Narcissism in the Bible:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3: 1 to 5)
That prophecy is happening all around us, and it is being analyzed by secular Psychologists. It’s not a religious issue, the Bible just called it first.
So the world is not getting better and better on its own. After warning us, the Bible tells us how to live in this distorted world. Life can be good, but we need to be honest about the environment around us. And I hope that young woman, and everyone like her finds this better way. They’re doomed if they don’t.
Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3: 13 to 14)