If I had to think of one phrase that sums up the promise for the underground, it is this: they haven’t taken our thoughts away … yet. We can commit any crime that we want in our heads and no one yet has the authority to punish us for the sins between our ears. Neurologically speaking and psychological speaking, there may be no avoiding the crimes we commit each night in our heads. The psychopath is wired to be aggressive. Some are wired with unmentionable sexual preferences. Others feel so hopeless in their interpersonal relationships that they dream of murder as a way out. The list goes on and on. Instead of throwing us into the gutter for our deviancy, should not others respect the fact that we realize that certain actions are off-limits?
I see no reason why the psychopath cannot be egalitarian. Paradoxically, due to his supremely narcissistic ways, I believe he is less apt to succumb to the fallacies that many neurotypicals employ when determining who is worthy of unequal and society-enforced privilege over another. Lest the reader misunderstand me, I do not believe that the psychopath loses sleep over the inequalities of privilege given that he remains on top in his own way.
My reasoning is as such: given that the psychopath is intensely narcissistic, others tend to have no worth relative to the psychopath. Thus, all are equally worthless in the eyes of the psychopath except for insofar as they have worth to the psychopath directly. If all are equally without worth, then why would the psychopath care who has privilege over another? He is equal opportunity with his disdain. Therefore, there is no reason for the psychopath to devalue one group over another for they are all already devalued as far as possible. Thus, it may follow that the psychopath is egalitarian by default.
As far as I can tell, the concept of privilege – the state of having more opportunities available as the result of some trait that others may not have – does not bother the psychopath in the slightest. I know that it does not disturb me when I avoid dangers as a “passable” transgender woman or that I am less likely to be shot on the streets for I am caucasian and not of African descent. I suppose that exploiting privilege could be seen as an insult to my own intellect and skill for it seems to make things a little too easy in life, but ultimately I will take an easier route over an impossible one; the fact that others may live with insurmountable challenges as the result of traits that they cannot change certainly does not bother me in the least.
Privilege is a tricky subject. It leads to such troubling, yet loaded from a certain perspective, questions such as whether it is possible to not be racist and be white. Privilege is a state of being that is out of the control of the one who exhibits it. Privilege, from a psychopathic worldview, is having an unfair advantage in the game of life without any of your own skill. The psychopath may not be troubled by this unfair advantage if it leads to desired results, but it is still against the spirit of gamesmanship that many psychopaths live by. Males have privilege that females do not. Whites have privilege that blacks do not. Christians have privilege, in many areas, that atheists do not. The cisgender have privilege that the transgender do not. So on and so forth.
So what of the transgenderist? For the transgender male they have come into privilege that they did not posses prior. For the transgender female, they yield privilege. Such are side effects of presenting a different sex and gender inconsistent with what is expected from birth. The vast majority of transgenderists probably do not consider such elevation or deflation of privilege in their calculations when deciding to transition. Mitigating the dysphoria is the top priority. However, could this privilege be gamed and are some right to point out that such privilege shifts are detrimental to marginalized groups? [Read more…]