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Who is the bigger fool?  The one who believes he is in control of someone else, or the one who agrees he is controlled?  I find there are few people as easily manipulated as those who are confident in their position, and few reservoirs of untapped energy so powerful as those falsely conditioned to think of themselves as powerless.  In every single human heart, in every single passing moment, is a decision that shapes the future.

I feel sorry for Mitt Romney and for people like him.  His life may be devoid of pain or challenge, but that just means his mind is an abortion - he is merely an instrument of his money rather than the other way around.  Everything about him is dictated to him by those around him - by the ecosystem that evolved around the money inherited and leeched from liquidating the hard work of previous generations.  Do you think he ever had a choice about running for President?  A puppet of the energy surrounding him, he is plankton in a sea of motion, hiding behind lies and platitudes to stay afloat.  Does he look in the mirror and see anything, or just the reflection of something that isn't there?  Romney doesn't have property, he is property.

Do you believe the Koch Brothers are content with their crimes against reality and freedom?  They are driven by holes in themselves, and your shining light is pain to them, burning and unquenchable.  Do you think the villains in this story sleep at night because they have no conscience?  If they do, it's only because they are never other than asleep.  And more likely than not, they are always tortured by the irritating realization that something more than themselves is out there - you.  You are in the nightmares of the powerful and cruel, because your very existence and that which springs from it with every moment that passes erases them.  A single act of kindness can obliterate their life's work in the blink of an eye, and thus evil is laid waste.

In the nightmares of demons, you are the monster destroying their world, because creation - real creation - is in you, while they are denied.  So what the hell are you afraid of?    

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  •  rec list this diary! (3+ / 0-)
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    don't rec this comment i'm not the diarist.

    This is one of the most profound statements of empowerment i've read around here in years.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:12:16 AM PDT

  •  dude, just brilliant. (7+ / 0-)

    Sociopaths have a hole in their head where the emotions go.  They're in an emotional flatline state of chronic painful boredom like the one induced by the drug [redacted] except it doesn't wear off after four hours.

    They learn to manipulate other humans for chimpanzee amusement, and they indulge in high-risk behaviors in order to feel the adrenaline rush because that's better than not feeling anything at all.

    But here's your supreme insight that just made it into The Paradigm:

    INside they're hollow; they are empty; they are jealous as hell of the rest of us, because we have something they do not.  We have fully functioning emotions and vibrant inner lives, which to the sociopaths must seem like eyesight to the blind.

    So they resent the hell out of us as they attempt to control us and milk us for converted energy.  But any act of random kindness, any act of creativity, is enough to rub their noses in the dust of their inner wastelands and trigger their self-defeating jealous rage.

    Some day there'll be a cure.  A medical cure.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:21:30 AM PDT

    •  This comment just provided me with insight (1+ / 0-)
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      to my sociopathic nephew.  I've not been able to grasp the reasons for his high risk behavior, his need to manipulate for no apparent reason, etc.  The fact that he's always bored because he has no emotions makes it all click.

      Don't know that it will make it easier to deal with, but it will make some sense of his behavior.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:26:36 AM PDT

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    •  Sociopathy (1+ / 0-)
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      is on one end of the narcissist continuum,
      on the other end is classic narcissism.

      Generally, child abuse around four years of age left them with a corrupted stage of childhood development, resulting in empathy and security issues. The insecurity becomes a bottomless pit, ever seeking validation, and intolerant of invalidation. They intuitively use poor coping skills to patch the corrupted stage.

      If anyone differs from a narcissist in any way, it attacks the thinly-cognitive, largely-emotional, armor on their insecurity and they lash out with invalidation and blame. But the hole is bottomless, and validation sates it but momentarily, resulting in a behavioral loop.  

      Treatment (or cure, if even possible) would be difficult and time consuming, but even an attempt is unlikely as they usually resist the invalidating notion that a flaw resides within them.

      Free University and Health Care for all, now. -8.88, -7.13

      by SoCalHobbit on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 10:27:14 AM PDT

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    •  Hmmm...Interesting comment G2g! (1+ / 0-)
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      INside they're hollow; they are empty; they are jealous as hell of the rest of us, because we have something they do not.  We have fully functioning emotions and vibrant inner lives, which to the sociopaths must seem like eyesight to the blind.
      I agree in part - "hollow and empty", yes; but I am not sure "they are jealous as hell of the rest of us, because [we have fully functioning emotions and vibrant inner lives]."

      They are jealous creatures to be sure. Transactional and highly acquisitive. Almost reptilian in some respects.

      I am just not sure they are jealous of "normal" emotional lives. Your analogy to vision is good, but in my own consideration of this type of person, I have used the metaphor of colorblindness: How can you explain the difference between red and green to someone who sees them both as variants of shades of grey?

      I don't think that it is a concept of a "normal" emotional life that drives the sociopath, but that being outside of that sphere entirely allows (or requires) them to behave by a different set of rules.

      IMHO, Empathy and Trust are reciprocal emotions that can be shared by human beings, based on common experiences, language (body and verbal), and other cues. "Normal" people can imagine themselves to be in another's shoes, and to feel empathetically. To the sociopath, everyone else is an extension of his or her own world-view and emotional state.

      For the record, I am no "trained" expert on the topic. My knowledge and ideas come from practice in dealing with such people in my everyday life.

      I would defer to those with more formal training (such as SoCalHobbit, perhaps?) whose comment up-thread of this seems to indicate a more thorough knowledge of the clinical details of this condition:

      Treatment (or cure, if even possible) would be difficult and time consuming, but even an attempt is unlikely as they usually resist the invalidating notion that a flaw resides within them.
      Which brings me back to this interesting and thought provoking Diary and discussion. There may not be a way to cure the sociopath, but we (as a society) seem to do the opposite. We elevated them (or allow them to elevate themselves) to positions of power and authority.

      Not only does narcissistic behavior seem to be celebrated at the individual level, but it seems to have become the accepted norm within such institutions of business and government.

      We can and should take power - the power to loudly and publicly decry behavior which is greedy, selfish and destructive to the public good. This is easier said than done, because as SoCalHobbit points out:

      If anyone differs from a narcissist in any way, it attacks the thinly-cognitive, largely-emotional, armor on their insecurity and they lash out with invalidation and blame.
      This "lashing out" can be terrifying behavior, and it may often seem easier to indulge the fabricated reality of the sociopath than to confront it.

      However, we as a society will be better off when we insist upon the reality that is based upon our common vision of what is true, just and good. It may not be feasible to "cure" sociopathic behavior, but we must work to excise its influence from our community.


      I kinda screwed up with a careless uprate so (for now?) I'm a "No Rate" pariah. So when I give a comment "+110% n/t", please consider that a recommend. (That's my workaround fix to participating in this community!)

      by The Angry Architect on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:23:31 PM PDT

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  •  Whoa! I have to reread this (2+ / 0-)
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    a couple of times, but it sure looks spot on to me...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:25:04 AM PDT

  •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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    This:

    Romney doesn't have property, he is property.
    And this:
    A single act of kindness can obliterate their life's work in the blink of an eye, and thus evil is laid waste.
    Thanks.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

    by Dragon5616 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:51:57 AM PDT

  •  Oddly this heterodynes with thoughts I was (1+ / 0-)
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    having this morning while making coffee and thinking about crime and politics in general.

    Trite thoughts, perhaps, but still - each and every one of us is taught by our own lives, and one of the harder steps of development in any life is learning to see the world from a viewpoint outside our own, even in the most limited of ways.  Why do we believe what we believe?  Because everything we've read, we've lived, we've seen makes us think it is so.   We have our own reinforcement loops, so that things we see that agree with what we learned before are brought in with greater strength, and those that disagree are discounted.

    And control...we all seek control, and those with the power and wealth to do so are all the more likely to seek to wrap themselves in a cocoon of self-delusion, to see only what they feel comfortable seeing, to seek to expand their cocoon as much as possible, to impose their view on others simply to make themselves feel more secure.

  •  Spot on analysis. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sociopaths have an empty hole inside that they try and fill by controlling others for their "amusement". I know the type well, they are never truly happy which I believe is karmas way of telling them "fuck you".

    ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

    by Kristina40 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:52:58 AM PDT

  •  Romney needs to thank his daddy.. (1+ / 0-)
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    He didn't EARN anything the old fashion way. That should be an ad for some Left superpac, dontcha think?????

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 06:24:41 AM PDT

  •  Well put. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Rich man wants to be king. We're stopping that (1+ / 0-)
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    or at least slowing it down.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:02:02 AM PDT

  •  Silver spoon, silver tounge, empty heart, no soul (1+ / 0-)
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    Spot on diary

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:19:31 AM PDT

  •  He does give a considerable amount to charity. (0+ / 0-)
    •  How big of him to slightly defray the costs (0+ / 0-)

      his business practices have on society and then deduct it from his already rock-bottom taxes.  Parasite.  (spit)

      "I'm going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid." - Muad'Dib

      by Troubadour on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 08:34:05 AM PDT

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