I suppose that most readers are well aware of the events that have been (and are at the time of this writing) going on in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. If not, a quick primer follows. Essentially, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a white police officer after an altercation which a grand jury decided justified a lack of criminal charges against the police officer. I am not so concerned about the vandalism and looting that some of unknown origin are committing in the wake of that shooting and the subsequent grand jury decision. What I am concerned about is the manner in which others are seeking blood for events that will never affect them. The only conclusion I can come to is that their empathy has caused their vampirism.
Psychopathy is a real and separate disorder from Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). Innumerable academic studies have concluded that psychopathy is distinct and real via confirmatory factor analysis – a statistical technique. Neurological studies confirm differences in the paralimbic system between psychopaths and those only exhibiting ASPD. The paralimbic system is much more “atrophied” in those with psychopathy. Yet, many refuse to acknowledge psychopathy as real. Some perceive the disorders existence as being pure oppression by criminological circles. Others cite the DSM, the “Bible” of psychiatry and proclaim that it must not be real. In all cases, a pandemic of psychopath erasure is in play.
Numerous studies by academics including Robert Hare and Kent Kiehl have confirmed neurological differences in those called psychopaths versus those simply diagnosed as ASPD. Anticipatory anxiety is nearly non-existent. The areas of the brain controlling empathy and emotion are atrophied. The corpus callosum – the construct connecting the hemispheres of the brain – is thicker. Etc. etc. These distinct – and statistically significant – differences create the framework for differentiating psychopathy from ASPD. Yet, many cover their eyes and ears and proclaim psychopathy is not real. Rather than honoring our individuality, they attempt to place us in the same group as vanilla ASPD individuals. This would be akin to referring to humans only as primates rather than a distinct species simply because the baseline is the same between us and apes. Does that truly make sense?
What follows is a brief audio post expanding on the idea of neurotypical bias.
Champions are determined by popular thought. One man’s enemy is another’s hero. The lines between “good” and “evil” often blur as those on the winning side of history are allowed to frame the conquests of their champion in any light that they wish. Consider Stalin, who dragged the Soviet Union into the industrial era – a hero by one light and a plague by most others. It is all about perception granted the larger mass.
Consider the radical feminists who pat each others backs over the latest outing of a transgender individual. Most would say that such actions are repulsive for the individual deserves the right to remain healthy, happy, and to disclose their gender identity according to their terms. These same warhorses slander transgender individuals as a whole, seeking to turn public opinion against the transgender cause. Many transgender individuals have committed suicide as a result of such deleterious behavior by the hands of these “feminists”. I suspect the more moderate reader finds this disconcerting at best. Of course, I have a psychopathic angle on such “heroes”.
Under the right conditions, anyone can be deviltouched. At no point is this more evident than during times of crisis. Human morality, it seems, extends only so far and only to those in the “us group“, especially during troubled times when survival appears to be on the line. Consider the current humanitarian crisis in the United States regarding free speech, free press, and police brutality. Regardless of facts – which are few and far between – lines have been drawn according to demographics. Polls are showing racial hatred on all sides. Justice, a purely theoretical construct to begin with, will never be attained due to the polarizing nature of group dynamics. Every group views themselves as infallible and correct. Blood is wanted for the sake of the sweet taste of iron. Fewer and fewer people care about truth – also a theoretical construct due to the failure of human perception and bias – so long as their side is victorious. The “us” group and the “them” group are growing more and more distinct and membership is being mandated by physical and societal force.
People commit great atrocities in the name of such group dynamics – especially if they have more power than the other group. Consider the Holocaust or any other genocide in which artificial walls were constructed between those with power and those without. Consider the institutionalized power struggle regarding wealth in America. Consider the war on religion by many atheists. Consider this study. Consider, especially, the disgust of the neurotypical toward the mentally atypical. Hundreds of thousands of mentally ill roam the streets as homeless individuals, but few neurotypicals care considering that they’d rather have the ill out of sight and out of mind than deal with those who are different than them (note this is not entirely unlike a similar struggle held by homeless LGBT individuals).