The Inner Workings of the Tangential Mind
This is yet another post from the vaults of the Jonestown National Archive. I’m not sure what I think about it now, but what the Hell?
The introduction was a result of some Fucking Wingnut trying to turn me into the WordPress Police Department because they came over here running their mouth, and my mother, of all people (A fellow Wingnut), told her matter of factly that she was a Pinhead, and that because of her affliction she felt sorry for her.
Apparently that didn’t sit well with my uninvited guest, and she contacted WordPress who subsequently locked me out of my blog for 12 hours, while they “investigated.”
So, there’s that…
Before I begin, let me preface this with a brief statement and a couple of warnings.
(In these times of “Political Correctness”, we here at Jonestown want you, the reader, to know we would never intentionally offend anyone. So, if we happen to offend any sissies, crybabies, whiners, Prima Donnas or the ever present Shut-Ins let me just say beforehand, Piss Off! There’s nothing shady going on here, no need to contact the Thought Police. Have a pleasant and overly sensitive evening).
1) If your mind doesn’t work this way, this piece may seem utterly bizarre. Let me be the first to apologize on behalf of your parents who didn’t read and/or interact with you enough when you were young, thereby limiting your brain’s development. Not even Mozart can save you now.
2) Some sections of this piece could be interpreted as morbid. Or even boring.
This morning after getting off the phone with my daughter’s mother, for some reason I began thinking about Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Narcissus from whom the name of the disorder derives. If not, here’s the synopsis:
Narcissus was a Greek mythological hero. He was supposedly very beautiful, but vain, and he spurned his various suitors. After hearing his suitor’s prayers for retribution, the goddess Nemesis (Divine Justice and Vengeance) punished Narcissus by causing him to fall in love with his own reflection.
Moving along. So, there I was thinking about Narcissists, and then I remembered a piece I wrote a few days ago where I mentioned Anti-Social Personality Disorder. (In case you missed it, I was always fascinated by Anti-Socials. And considering I spent two years counseling gang members in St. Louis I got to meet more than my fair share). I always saw them as proof of Evolution, or at least very compelling evidence in support of it. Basically, Sociopaths are “lizard brains”, very basic in their motivations. And like a lizard or tiger or shark they don’t have to contend with that annoying problem we call a conscience. Well, that’s not entirely true. A conscience exists, but it has very little influence over their behavior. Sociopaths are more motivated by potential consequences than by emotions. Yeah, those sociopaths. People often act Sociopathic in groups or “mobs” even though as individuals they are not anti-social. Why? Well, part of it can be the desire to fit in, and to not appear “weak”. If Jon is cutting off people’s left arms, I’m going to have cut off the right arm and the left ear. No way is that namby-pamby Jon showing me up. Okay that’s oversimplifying. People are social, we want to be accepted, and we don’t want others getting mad or even worse, hating us. We want to be a part of the group, to be included, and at times that may mean we have to hack off an arm or two. What the hell? Also, within groups there’s that whole “anonymity” thing. We’re seeing a problem with that on the Internet. Kids mercilessly harassing the “nerd” or “loser” using blogs, chat-rooms, forums, some even build websites dedicated to destroying their “enemy’s” self-esteem. In fact, a few kids have committed suicide because the harassment was so unbearable. People can be cruel. Remember those experiments done by Stanley Milgram in the 1960’s? He did this experiment on 40 men. Of course the men thought they were only participating in an experiment, they didn’t know they were the test subjects. They were sat in front of an “Electro-Shock Generator”, with various switches and lights on it. The premise was the “participant” would be given a pairing of words. His job was to read the first word to another man in an adjoining room. He would then read a list of 4 possible answers, one of which was the second word. If the man guessed correctly everything was copacetic. If not, the “participant” was supposed to use the “Electro-Shock Generator” on him. The “ESG” went all the way up to 450 volts, which is a fatal dose of electricity. If the subjects began to question the validity of the “experiment” they were given a succession of directions by the Administrator;
2)The experiment requires that you continue.
3)It is absolutely essential that you continue.
4)You have no other choice, you must go on.
65% of the subjects gave the final and fatal shock. Many Nazis, during the Nuremberg trials used the “I was only following orders and had no choice” defense. Most people are fearful of “Authority,” and will do whatever someone in “Authority” tells them, no matter how insane it may be. Partly because they don’t feel responsible for their actions if they are being “ordered”. Also because they feel helpless and simply capitulate. We live in a world where things get distorted very easily. We all have remnants of that “caveman/cave-woman” in us. Did you know that the one trait women prefer the most in men is height? Money, okay, good looking, that’s nice too, well educated, eh, but if he’s tall that must mean something. What does it mean? well 30,000 years ago it meant “he go out hunt, bring back bacon” and since he was taller he had a better shot than some midget who could easily get squashed. In today’s world, physical strength, although considered attractive, is not really necessary. Brain power is what leads to success (Or having no conscience). Of course being attractive sure doesn’t hurt. People that are “attractive” are more likely to be hired over someone viewed as “unattractive”. Even people who view themselves as “unattractive” or are viewed that way by society have a higher opinion of “attractive” people. They are seen as more “honest, smarter, more successful, more popular, having fewer problems” on down the line. Guess they never heard of Paris Hilton. What a twit that woman is. She single handedly set women back a hundred years. And talk about physical strength being unnecessary. In her world being literate is unnecessary. Illiteracy rates are abnormally high in this country considering how advanced and wealthy we are. I wonder why that is?