I don’t believe in an accommodationist approach to psychopathy or ASPD. That is, I don’t believe that psychopaths should be respected simply because we exist or due to multiculturalist beliefs. The analogy would be for the wolf to ask the shepherd for permission to exist simply because it is an animal, much like a sheep. It seems ridiculous. The wolf does not need permission to exist; it exists because it can exert its will in a fashion that makes it both feared and respected.
Angel or demon, pure or poisoned air, I can be anything that I’d like to be. I have free will even if my proclivities may attempt to lead me in a certain direction. I do not have an internal struggle related to conscience, but the struggle inside that deals with incentive is all but the same. There are many like me, whose internal torsion is all but invisible to the outside world. We drift along a rocky road constantly courting disaster, peace, and everything in between. Too few appreciate such a battle between light and dark, ruin and prosperity.
Psychopaths are known for their predatory ways. Well, the neurotypical would call it predatory; I’d call it taking advantage of openings. The truth is, we detect when others are weak and vulnerable and, if the price is right, we strike. Conning, manipulation, parasitism, and theft are not uncommon for psychopaths. Like the mosquito that identifies the best host to feed upon, the psychopath can do the same. Without a sense of conscience and without the capacity for remorse, it just makes sense.
I’m a firm believer in the set exchange of a penalty for an action. That is, I believe that people should be able to do whatever they’d like so long as they are willing to pay the price. It is the job of society to determine a fair and reasonable price for a specific crime, a price that deters most but allows that that are willing to behave in a criminal fashion to have a set expectation for the price of their ways. So what do you have to lose, kid? It’s at most your life.
The nature of discourse is incestuously tied to the nature of alliances. A single person, without allies, can barely make a dent in the opinions of others. There is an unjust weight that we give people sharing the same train of thought. It isn’t ideal, but is the reality of human nature. I wrote yesterday that most causes are ones I find unfit for my own efforts and energy. What of those causes – well, the cause – that I do find worth in fighting for? The nuances that go into making progress are difficult to tread at times.