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Happy New Year, Kids! - Blaque's Blog of Horrors
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Happy New Year, Kids!
"Beware the beast man..."

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From: Planet of the Apes
Mood: Curmudgeonly
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jblaque From: jblaque Date: January 14th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
I'm hopeful that it will, before the other residents are all gone.

Damned, dirty apes.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 15th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC) (Permalink)
A similar type of species self-hatred is very common among certain Pagans and NewAgers. There seems to be an attitude of "Nature is beautiful and wonderful, and all the birds and butterflies and bunnyrabbits, and all other creatures are examples of how wonderful Nature is. Except for human beings; we're a cancer infesting Mother Earth, and we're irremediably evil, and we should all just die and let the birds and butterflies and bunnyrabbits have the planet all to themselves."

Now, I'm not going to argue that we've done some pretty filthy things to our world... but so have other species (Yersinia pestis, for example, that kills its animal hosts no less efficiently than it kills humans). And Homo sapiens sapiens is just as much a part of "Nature" as any other organism on the planet. Christianity used to set "Man" apart from "Nature", as a special creation, just a little lower than the angels, whose purpose was to "have dominion over" all other creatures. Ironically, we now consider ourselves equally special and separate, but at the bottom of the hierarchy.

We're neither the highest nor the lowest. We're just one out of myriads of species on this mudball. And at least some of us are managing to learn not to shit where we eat...
guinnevere_b From: guinnevere_b Date: January 15th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC) (Permalink)
I'm sorry, but saying "other species do it too!" does not excuse what humans are doing to themselves and other creatures.

The problem is that too many humans don't think they'll be adversely affected by shitting where they eat. They are in denial: as long as there's a buck to be made, and they think they can confine the poisonous outpouring to someone else's living area, they'll do any despicable, disgusting thing they think will make them rich. They don't care about the consequences to anyone but themselves.

Having a defective brain does not excuse being a sociopath; sociopaths are not insane; they know the difference between right and wrong. They just don't care.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 15th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC) (Permalink)
"Other species do it too!" is not an excuse for anything. What I was trying to say is that human beings are far from the only source of evil and destruction on our planet. Before the human species even existed, volcanoes, tsunamis, continental drift, forest fires, meteor impacts, glaciation, and variations in the Sun's output all managed to precipitate the destruction of millions of species. And that's leaving out other factors, such as competition among the species - "survival of the fittest".

Yes, too many of us still do shit where we eat, but people started becoming aware of this back when I was a hippie, and that awareness has very slowly become more widespread as time goes on. My house is being repaired after damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, and I was surprised to see things like "Paper layers made from 100% recycled materials" on the (non-fiberglass) insulation being installed.

And a sociopath does have a defective brain; sociopaths not only don't care about the difference between right and wrong, they are incapable of caring about it, as well as incapable of understanding why other people do. It seems to be a specific defect in the "wiring" of the brain. (My son the psychologist tells me that this is a source of some consternation in his profession; they can't seem to "cure" psychopathy, neither by talk therapy nor with drugs... but we can't just euthanize sociopaths... so what do we do with them?)
guinnevere_b From: guinnevere_b Date: January 15th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
"...we can't just euthanize sociopaths... so what do we do with them?"

Frankly I haven't taken the trouble to find out whether it's yet another prank making the rounds of the internet, but I've read that a CT scan combined with a series of questions designed to spark emotions of pity, compassion, etc., will identify sociopaths unerringly. Because they are incapable of experiencing such emotions, the specific brain area wherein the Conscience resides will show absolutely no activity during questioning. There is said to be no way to fake such a test.

Once they are identified as sociopaths, they need to be tagged and monitored to prevent their ever gaining any power whatsoever. They'd probably be unable to get hired by any reputable company, so I suppose they'd be eligible technically for an income from SSD, since they are technically disabled.

But we need to get them OUT of politics and OUT of the business arena because they're destroying everything around us.

After all, "Typhoid" Mary only wanted to make a living by cooking for people. She couldn't understand how that could be wrong, either. She had to be locked up for the rest of her life to prevent her infecting an unsuspecting public with a deadly disease.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 16th, 2013 06:30 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Next time I talk to my son, I'll ask him whether there really is a brain MRI test (not a CT, which is just a 3-D x-ray; MRI shows electrochemical activity levels) for sociopathy; it certainly sounds plausible. As a screening measure, though, it does leave something to be desired, because MRIs require large, expensive machines operated by highly trained technicians. I can understand the appeal of chipping them all, so we can keep them out of positions of power (and incidentally also prohibit them from owning guns).
guinnevere_b From: guinnevere_b Date: January 15th, 2013 07:20 am (UTC) (Permalink)
This was difficult and disturbing to watch, but it's an accurate depiction of what's going on in the world. The ruthless and remorseless are in control, because the rest of us are unwilling to do the things that would be necessary to put us in control. We'd be too much like them: ruthless and remorseless.
nova_42 From: nova_42 Date: January 15th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
disturbingly wonderful video
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