Too many treat the psychopathic condition as a condition not purely different than many other states in life. In a multicultural world, differences become championed regardless of the merits of those differences. With the recent trend of many latching onto psychopathy as the new “emo,” the differences of the true wolves are considered simple misunderstandings. This is short-sighted. Yes, there should be discourse regarding whether the stigma toward the successful psychopath is deserved, but at the same time, let’s call a spade a spade. Those of us who are truly psychopathic did not come to such a realization because we’ve lived angelic lives in the past.
This is where attempts at discourse come crashing down. By belittling the condition as one of mere difference, it becomes hard for the neurotypical to take the antisocial seriously. Romanticizing the condition leads to others being put off to the tough questions at hand. It may fuel the ego of the “in group” of psychopaths, but it certainly does not help the larger cause. Who would pet a wolf after all? Yet we have debate on whether wolves must be culled to maintain predator-prey balances.
Lest the reader think otherwise, I am not advocating that the psychopath live their latent destructive state to its fullest as a means of combatting the “cuddles and tea” image that all too many wish to present. I merely am suggesting that the discourse must focus on past, present, and future, rather than the future alone. We all will always struggle with our latent desires and proclivities. However, if change is to be had, we must honor our destructive pasts while convincing society that the future need not be predetermined.
Psychopathy is not a condition to clamor for. Neither is it one whose sins can be completely swept under the rug. However, it need not be the death sentence that all too many wish to characterize it as. Discourse on such a charged subject will always be difficult. It need not be parody, however, caused by those that wish to paint the condition in watercolors. The only aspect of the psychopathic condition that must die is the needless and foolish romanticizing of it.