Over in the realm of tumblr, I see many bloggers that have victim complexes. They believe that at any moment that they will be persecuted for the most mundane of reasons and that their well-being or even their life will end as a result. They live in complete fear, refusing to take opportunities that exist for the worry of a specter that may or may not ever materialize. Frankly, it’s disgusting. It is one thing to make note of the biases that exist in the world and the probabilities that something bad may happen. It is another to be so crippled with either fear or hate that one does not make any attempt to move forward.
In Christian theology, Judas is well known for betraying Christ and setting in motion the events that would lead to execution. Judas then died after hanging himself in a field and splitting open his gut. The not so subtle context, however, is that Judas had to do such. The Christian god’s plans required that Christ die so that man could be saved. Judas was predestined to serve this role and was rewarded with his own death and presumed eternal damnation.
This story reminds me of the fate that psychopaths face each and every day. No matter what forces, genetic or otherwise, led to the psychopath’s creation, she is destined to exhibit certain behaviors. Manipulation, lying, parasitism, and so forth are unavoidable. Criminality and/or violence need not result, however. Ultimately such restraint is ignored by the masses just as Judas’ required sin was ignored by God. Even though the symptoms are fate, society condemns the psychopath as persona non grata even though she is merely playing the part she was destined to play.