Monday, November 27, 2006

A look at the language of the psychopath

One way to stay out of the Matrix...
The fact that such language, and the resultant conversive thinking, is pervasive in our own political discourse is not a promising sign for the health and future of humanity, and should prompt an immediate and in-depth analysis of the nature of psychopathology and its presence in the leaders of our governments, military, and intelligence services. The history of "man's inhumanity to man" is actually one of pathocracy, and if we can learn one thing from the pathocracies of past generations, it is that millions will die as a result of the present one. With the advent of depleted uranium munitions (used during the current occupation of Iraq), white-phosphorous (used in the recent Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Palestine), and current advances in ethnic-specific weapons, to name but three modern weapons of mass-genocide, things are looking far worse than ever before.

The remainder of this essay will provide contemporary examples of such distortions of language. As a warning, I should say that stripping the veneer of ideology from the following words and phrases may come as a shock to some readers. As Lobaczewski warns, "even normal people, who condemn this kind of [pathocracy] along with its ideologies, feel hurt and deprived of something constituting part of their own romanticism, their way of perceiving reality, when a widely idealized group is exposed as little more than a gang of criminals. Perhaps even some of the readers of this article or Lobaczewski's book will resent the unceremonious stripping away of all of the literary motifs of the psychopathic mind.

The fact is; there is no romanticism in the global "War on Terror". The men and women promoting it are nothing more than a "gang of criminals", as Lobaczewski puts it. There is no epic "clash of civilizations"; there is no primeval "good against evil"; there is no heroic "protecting Western freedoms and values". These are simply ideological "literary motifs", and the truth is much more prosaic.
Take a look at the terms identified in this essay.

Highly recommended reading.