Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"The Mask of Sanity: Psychopaths Rule Our World," Part 2

"The Mask of Sanity: Psychopaths Rule Our World"
Part 2

"It follows that they do not understand what is meant by a 'fact'. Where we rely on facts to interpret reality, adjusting its parameters accordingly with each new fact, reality for psychopaths is whatever they declare it to be. This was wonderfully demonstrated by a member of the Bush administration in an interview with journalist Ron Suskind:

'In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend - but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency. The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." - From "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush" - New York Times magazine, October 17, 2004

While they promote certain ideologies vigorously, psychopaths themselves feel no attachment to the words they utter. Instead they calculate appropriate emotional responses for each situation, enabling them to manipulate one against another, each 'side' in any given conflict providing requisite cover for their hidden strategy. Thus shielded by a 'Mask of Sanity,' the vast majority of them are successful, insofar as their true nature is not realised until it's too late.

Dr Robert Hare, renowned authority on psychopathology, isn't mincing his words when he labels this different type of human an "intra-species predator." His book "Without Conscience "cites case studies where psychopaths absorbed all attempts to 'cure' them by engaging in psychotherapy to learn new and better ways of manipulating. He once submitted a paper to a scientific journal that included EEGs from several groups of adult men performing a language task. The editor of the journal returned the paper saying, "Those EEGs couldn't have come from real people." In a sense, they didn't. They were the EEGs of psychopaths.

"More and more data are leading to the conclusion that psychopathy has a biological basis, and has many features of a disease." Sabine Herpertz, psychiatrist at the RWTH-Aachen University, Germany. Quoted from "Into the Mind of a Killer" - "Nature" magazine, 15 March, 2001.

We unconsciously presume the universality of conscience, exposing ourselves to a predator that can exploit us in myriad ways by appealing to our conscience. Through their trademark pity ploy, psychopaths induct people to subvert the one distinguishing factor - conscience - against themselves! We are imprisoned in a web of guilt, shame and fear that is ultimately of our own making. Psychopaths need rarely resort to violence to get what they want in one-on-one interactions; the most successful ones keep their murderous impulses in check until they reach the halls of power where opportunities arise for committing mass murder by proxy.

Naturally this can be difficult for some to acknowledge. We so desperately cling to a belief in the inherent goodness of everyone, leaving us blind to what is. But there exists a fundamental schism between our world and theirs that cannot be abridged. Martha Stout, in her seminal book The Sociopath Next Door, concludes that the "Presence or absence of conscience is a deep human division, arguably more significant than intelligence, race, or even gender."

For a long time I would not believe it: they cannot be cured. They do not see themselves as diseased. Rather, we are the disease, the cure for which is full-spectrum warfare levelled not against phantom enemies, but against us.

All it takes is a handful: "In the macrosocial phenomenon we shall later call 'pathocracy', a certain hereditary anomaly isolated as 'essential psychopathy'(*) is catalytically and causatively essential for the genesis and survival of large scale social evil." *Born psychopaths. "Political Ponerology "- p.31

"Recognising their own, psychopaths rapidly ascend the social scale and cluster around the governing levers of society, from where their malevolent influence upon whole societies metastasises. 'Negative selection' ensues whereby they actively groom and position more psychopaths and other pathological deviants of lesser degree amenable to their ends until a critical number of persons with pathological disorders is reached and a Pathocracy is born.

Pathocracy survives thanks to the feeling of being threatened by the society of normal people, as well as by other countries wherein various forms of the system of normal man persist. For the rulers, staying on top is therefore the classic problem of "to be or not to be." Thus the biological, psychological, moral and economic destruction of the majority of normal people becomes, for the pathocrats, a 'biological' necessity.

Many means serve this end, starting with concentration camps and including warfare with an obstinate, well-armed foe who will devastate and debilitate the human power thrown at him, namely the very power jeopardizing pathocrats rule: the sons of normal man sent out to fight for an illusionary "noble cause." Once safely dead, the soldiers will then be decreed heroes to be revered in paeans, useful for raising a new generation faithful to the pathocracy and ever willing to go to their deaths to protect it." - Political Ponerology - p.146

Ultimately, they are terrified of the inherently creative nature of humanity. In their relentless drive to conquer this terror, they must subsume that which they cannot have by annihilating humanity, whose mere existence reminds them of their deficit daily. They dream of a future in which they can revel according to their true nature without fear of persecution from 'those other people'. Government, media, corporations, education, intelligence agencies, ideologies, religions, social and political movements - nothing is immune to their influence and all are harnessed to their goal of world domination, unconsciously or otherwise. The only antidote to infection is knowledge of the disease and its pathodynamics.

It seems Mother Nature opted for species variety when in lieu of conscience, or rather, developmental potential towards conscience, she endowed some with talents for preying on others' weaknesses. The collective traumatic experience of co-existence with our natural predator has finally brought our awareness to the brink of realising that we are not all human. Once awareness of the predator in our midst becomes widespread, the game is over. The psychopaths in power know this. Their shock tactics grow bolder in their urgency to complete the agenda.

None but ourselves can free our minds. With no conscience to impede their hate-fuelled trajectory, the onus is on us to disentangle ourselves from the web by taking responsibility for our own actions. By choosing to believe their lies which promise relief from the pain, we repeatedly surrender our responsibility and give our power away. Thusly we play our part in the genesis of evil. If we are to reclaim this power, we must recognise the predators for what they are, for both self and others.

For now, history is on our side. Each time pathocracy coalesces, it only has one place to go: down. Wishful thinking, the Achilles heel of the Global Pathocracy, suggests it will meet a similar fate. What remains to be seen is how long we will dance with the devil until we remember that our suffering ends when we turn to face Truth."

5 comments:

  1. Good one Coyote. I can hear Bob Marley singing some of these phrases.

    Thanks.

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  2. Thanks for commenting, Spike. The really scary part of this is how one of the doctors described them, "an
    intra-species predator." These folks might as well be extraterrestrials, as different as they are from from us.
    And their predatory habits have certainly given us enough grief. It seems there's a savage war going on, but only their side is aware of it. We'd better wake up...

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  3. I propose a t-shirt campaign:

    T's that read stuff like -----

    'Slap a psychopath - do it now!'

    'Psychopaths don't want love -- they want someone else to eat your liver.'

    It might help to raise awareness of the threat.

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  4. Nice idea, Spike. But I'm afraid we might be shocked at how many of these folks are running around loose...

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