While I may not respond to comments in the manner I used to (I try to be hands off these days unless clarification is asked), I do read each and every one of them. In fact, I encourage comments as a supplement to the topics that I write about; I want to see different perspectives just as much as I imagine my readers do. All of that said, one comment in particular really struck me as odd:
Many people wish there was a cure because they happen to love psychopaths and hate the reality that doing so is a waste of time because psychopaths can’t ever reciprocate love and will only manipulate.
I say I find this odd because it is my experience that neurotypicals bring out the pitchforks once they’ve identified a psychopath. This particular comment may have been in reference to romantic relationships, but I think the alleged point can be expanded to general interpersonal interactions. The neurotypical claim it would seem that psychopaths are certainly worthy of love and respect, so long as they keep their psychopathy in check. This is not dissimilar from what homosexuals face from the religious community or religions ask of one another: “abandon the traits that make you you, and we’ll abandon the witch hunt.” This is forced conformity at its finest.
Where is the line drawn? Are these neurotypicals asking that psychopaths abandon their antisocial ways and the rest is AOK? Or, are they asking that we magically become experts in empathy and completely assimilate into the flock? I do not believe that the former is what neurotypicals are actually asking, because there would still be a differentiator that implies that we are different from them and thus less worthy of human status. We see this in other aspects of life, most notably with the crusade against the homosexual, by individuals wishing that homosexuals would convert to a heterosexual state even though such conversion would be very unnatural and quite detrimental to the individual. We also see this with the feverous push to enact complete gun control. Gun owners have given concessions throughout the past few decades that greatly inconvenience responsible firearm ownership, but the left keeps asking for more. The line always moves toward the extreme of eradication by those with power.
This is unsurprising. It is human nature to eradicate the “them” from us versus them dynamics. A middle ground does not remove the “problem” from those with power. Thus, we turn to exercise our power with totality. Returning to the plight that successful psychopaths face, we find that no matter how prosocial the psychopath may become (or emulate), more is wanted by the neurotypical. They do not want reformation, they want eradication of the condition. We are insulted by those interested in the psychopath condition that cry crocodile tears when realizing that the condition is neurological in nature and thus more closely resembles fate than choice. We are destroyed by judges and juries that see us as beasts to be slain, or at least quarantined, than rehabilitated. The desire to “love” the psychopath is as hollow as the creed of “loving the sinner, hating the sin.” It is incompatible with the basic human desire to decimate those that are different.
Spare us such false love. We see through the desires of those around us. I believe that these cries by neurotypicals for a cure actually hinder their own cause. What motivation or temptation is their for pursuing prosocial behavior when it is clearly apparent that such is not enough? Why would the psychopath trade in their evolutionary niche for the larger mass when the powers that be still seek a cure (eradication). The line always moves toward the extreme by those with power. The only way to win is to not concede in the first place. Such a line is made with the blood of “enemies” and is always redrawn again and again, further and further from the starting point.