Young female friend to me, this morning: “I’m trying to figure out if the people who act in evil ways are conscious of what they are doing, or if they are just wounded and unconsciously acting out.”
Me: “Yes. In other words, are some of them psychopaths?”
She seemed grateful that I would put it so baldly. And here’s my response: I do think most “evil” people are acting out, in an unconscious manner, unhealed wounds from long ago, and of which they are either unaware, or unable to “process” enough to neutralize the continuing painful charge. And: I do think there exist some who are truly psychopathic, that way from birth, betrayed by the fact that, from childhood on, they lacked the capacity to feel empathy for another. How many? Very very few. An extremely tiny percentage. Unfortunately, these do seem to be the ones who rise to the tops of all the societal pyramids.
Another category is one that we have all flirted with at some point in our lives: those who don’t pay close enough attention to their own inner soul promptings of guilt and dread as their behavior and ethical standards begin to erode in the direction of corruption, and then as time goes on, devolve more and more, ultimately blunting their natural feelings for others to the point where their behavior and attitude is indistinguishable from psychopathic.
For each of us, it’s important that we stay awake to situations wherein we are tempted to not measure up to our own standards. Especially when in crowds. The opposite of empathy for others is being taken over by mob psychology, so that, for example, like Antifa, we claim that we can justify violence. Pursued over time, the tiniest ethical fault line can crack any of us into two people, so that we become two-faced: one who pursues evil deeds, and the other who pretends he or she does not.
On the other hand, there are such things as, for example, “white lies,” where we want to save face for the other. This is more a case of empathy than its lack, and so decidedly not psychopathic!
For how corruption can gradually seep in and take us over, see Ronald Bernard, his videos on the global financial system (and its hidden ties to satanic child sacrifice), his long term ascent within its pyramidal structure, and the startling moment of truth that turned him into a whistleblower.
My long term question: Is Hillary Clinton a psychopath? Frankly, I tend to think so. Why do I say this? It’s not just Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, Haiti, private email server, Uranium One, or the trail of bodies. No. Read Kathy O’Brien’s Trance Formation of America.