A man is born to harm, a man and a friend can harm more effectively, and a group of men united in cause can harm with an efficiency that no machine will ever reach, as the vortex will swallow all. Like sharks surging toward blood on the water, the mob does not care if they care, only that righteous punishment is inflicted on those unlucky enough to be in their sights. As long as man remains a social creature, this vicious cycle will repeat ad infinitum for any cause that the human mind can imagine. Radical vegans, antifa, Islamic extremists, politicians, ordinary men, and all in between celebrate their in-groups as they drag the waters for the bodies of “them” they’ve cast aside. Blood-stained hands and encephalitic masses will dance so long as they celebrate our own. Reject and reform, we must abandon our own.
The vanity of misery is not enticing and is not wanted by those caught in the maelstrom. We live in a connected age in which every dream and desire of an individual is reflected for the world to see on digital media. People with little self-confidence (or, a perverse surplus of narcissism) flood our streams with selfies and with poorly thought out monologues that do little to stimulate our intellects. Weeding out signal from noise becomes ever-increasingly more difficult as the self-imposed prisons of the noise-bearers coalesce into view. I believe that we are becoming more simplistic as a species with all of this ill-conceived content. We need to care not for the simplistic and shallow that fill our televisions, social media streams, and conversations and care more for those directly in our lives: those in front of us.
I am unconcerned with whether morality is subjective or objective. Ultimately, the only morality that matters is my own and it is fluid insofar as it serves me. However, those that claim to be above the psychopath’s self-serving ways are often rendered crippled by the very question of morality. In today’s foolishly multiculturalist world, in which the sins of many are overlooked in the name of “progress,” we are effectively defining subjective morality to be the rule of the land. After all, it isn’t wrong under today’s politically correct lens so long as it is someone else getting beheaded or child-fucked. I bring all of this up because the political landscape is about to take a turn for the worse in America – meaning less centered – due to the untimely death of a bigoted Supreme Court justice that many (including myself) did not care for. However, I did appreciate the fact that his existence brought a center to a messy nine-judge panel. We need crazies from both sides in the debate for ultimate truth – lord knows the common masses can’t be trusted for this job. So what does this have to do with psychopathy? Everything.
I recently wrote a lengthy piece for Trigger Warning regarding the pitfalls of empathy in regard to political thought. The upshot of that musing is that empathy polarizes the political landscape not between those with and those without empathy but between those who focus their empathy on different targets. Those without empathy, in theory, should be immune to the zeitgeists of the political landscape, having no one to empathize with except themselves. An obvious follow-up question would be: is it better or worse to have those with empathy in power versus those without?