The Evil of Inaction

Neurotypicals want to believe that all the evil in the world is attributable to “bad people” and that they themselves are immune from those pressures that beget antisocial deeds.  We know this to be false as many neurotypicals commit great atrocities in the name of religion, passion, “duty,” or any number of other things.  However, we must remember that the evil of action is not entirely dissimilar from the evil of inaction.  If evil is loosely defined by definitions that include the acts of harm to others or the absence of compassion and mercy, then it becomes even harder for the neurotypical to claim that they are entirely dissimilar from those on the antisocial spectrum.  The key difference is that we, particularly those that are psychopaths, do not make any claim to be righteous whereas they (the neurotypical) do.

I see posts on tumblr all the time where people “signal boost” cries for help by the unfortunate.  Pleas for money or housing are common and throngs of people reblog such thinking that they are inevitably doing some good.  What is lost in all the noise is the fact that the majority of people keep signal boosting and that very few actually act in a merciful or compassionate manner.  It reminds me of the phenomenon of vehicular crashes.  People drive by, clutch there hearts in the “horror” of the scene in front of them, and then promptly keep on driving.  Each person believes that the next person will be the one to call 911 and, sometimes, no one ends up calling at all.  “Yeah, I see this suffering in front of me, but it is someone else’s problem, not mine.”  I could list more extreme and deadly examples of this philosophy at work, but I will leave that as an exercise for the reader.

The onus is not on the psychopath or otherwise antisocial to do anything but the actions he is wired for.  Likewise, in the interest of fairness, there is no onus on the neurotypical to do anything against their wiring.  However, only one of these two demographics is lying to themselves.  The high road cannot be claimed by the neurotypical so long as she insists upon committing atrocities of inaction.  Even if we are to ignore the evil actions that neurotypicals can engage in, their inactions are equally damning.  As always, I encourage all of my readers, psychopathic, antisocial, or otherwise, to examine their own actions.  No one is without sin.  The question is whether we are honest with such darkness that lives inside us all.

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