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Posted: 17 Dec 2008 12:55 PM CST
IN THE BOOK, The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout says something really interesting. Her book is about normal, everyday sociopaths (also known by the somewhat outdated term, “psychopath”). In other words, the book is not about serial killers, but about the neighbor who drives you crazy, the spouse who seems dedicated to making your life miserable, the cruel, unfeeling boss, etc.
A sociopath is someone who feels no empathy for other human beings. The consequences of this lack are enormous. These people are, in many ways, not recognizably human. And there is no cure for sociopathy. It is not caused by upbringing. Therapy only makes them worse.
About two percent of the population is sociopathic, and those who are in a relationship with a sociopath need to understand what makes sociopaths tick. The more you know, the less likely you are to be fooled, used, or destroyed by a sociopath.
But Martha Stout said something interesting for us here in our conversation about Islam. She wrote about the techniques sociopaths use to exploit people around them. Sociopaths use people. And there is one thing sociopaths use more than anything else because it works so well with normal people. Their ultra-effective weapon is to evoke pity.
The most reliable sign, the most universal behavior of unscrupulous people is not directed, as one might imagine, at our fearfulness. It is, perversely, an appeal to our sympathy.
I first learned this when I was still a graduate student in psychology and had the opportunity to interview a court-referred patient the system had already identified as a “psychopath.” He was not violent, preferring instead to swindle people out of their money with elaborate investment scams. Intrigued by this individual and what could possibly motivate him…I asked, “What is important to you in your life? What do you want more than anything else?” I thought he might say “getting money,” or “staying out of jail,” which were the activities to which he devoted most of his time. Instead, without a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “Oh, that’s easy. What I like better than anything else is when people feel sorry for me. The thing I really want more than anything else out of life is people’s pity.”
I was astonished, and more than a little put off. I think I would have liked him better if he had said “staying out of jail,” or even “getting money.” Also, I was mystified. Why would this man — why would anyone — wish to be pitied, let alone wish to be pitied above all other ambitions? I could not imagine. But now, after twenty-five years of listening to victims, I realize there is an excellent reason for the sociopathic fondness for pity. As obvious as the nose on one’s face, and just as difficult to see without the help of a mirror, the explanation is that good people will let pathetic individuals get by with murder, so to speak, and therefore any sociopath wishing to continue with his game, whatever it happens to be, should play repeatedly for none other than pity.
More than admiration — more even than fear — pity from good people is carte blanche. When we pity, we are, at least for the moment, defenseless, and like so many of the other positive human characteristics that bind us together in groups…our emotional vulnerability when we pity is used against us…
The reason I thought that was interesting and relevant is that pity is one of the most common techniques Islamic supremacists use, and it is the main reason they’ve been able to get away with as much as they have so far. They exploit the egalitarian, multiculturalist, good-hearted nature of non-Muslims. They evoke pity and then use our own kindness and our desire to “get along with others” against us.
I was just reading the book, Tripoli: The United States’ First War on Terror. The ruler of Tripoli had been seizing U.S. merchant ships, adding the ship to his own fleet, keeping the contents of the ship, and selling the captured sailors into slavery. It was a very lucrative pirating business. The U.S. wanted Tripoli to stop it, of course. The ruler of Tripoli said, “Sure, we’ll stop attacking your ships if you pay us tribute every year.”
So for awhile the U.S. paid the tribute because they were a new country and had no navy to speak of, and they wanted to continue with their overseas trade. But the ruler of Tripoli decided the tribute they had agreed to wasn’t enough, so he demanded more and when he didn’t get it, he started seizing U.S. ships again.
Meanwhile, the U.S. was frantically building a navy, and by this time had enough warships to put up a fight, so they did. Suddenly Tripoli’s ruler wanted to talk peace. But in the negotiations, the man negotiating on behalf of the ruler asked for a gift of money. The U.S. said no, absolutely not. The U.S. said basically, “You have not been fair in any way and have only acted as our enemy, and no, we will not pay you to stop the fighting.”
Then Tripoli’s negotiator tried to appeal to pity: “But Tripoli is very poor,” he pleaded. “she cannot subsist without the generosity of her friends; give something then on the score of charity.” In this case, Tripoli had already established a poor reputation with the Americans, so the pity plea did not work. But even after the U.S. negotiator said no, Tripoli’s negotiator tried to make the U.S. negotiator feel guilty for not feeling pity. He asked, basically, “You say you want peace but you won’t give this gift of charity to obtain the peace?”
Islam uses the pity plea anywhere it can. Mohammad used it, Muslims in Tripoli were using it, and Muslims today are still at it. In their dealings with powerful non-Muslims, the basic stance of Islam is: “We are an oppressed, persecuted people. We’re a minority. We’re under siege. We are wrongly accused. We’re the victims of bigotry, hatred, and Islamophobia.” And if they can’t find anything to point to that proves their oppression, they literally create something.
It’s like a game they are playing, except this is a game with very serious consequences. A single sociopath using the appeal to pity can completely ruin the lives of many people. And this is, of course, nothing compared with what Islamic supremacists have done. They’ve killed over 270 million people since they started. They’ve ruined even more lives, and they are affecting the lives and livelihoods of billions of us today.
I would like to spend my time working on productive, positive, life-affirming activities. Instead, I am spending many hours of my short time here on earth trying to stop the insidious Islamic encroachment, reading and writing about things I wish didn’t exist. It’s an upsetting topic. It’s disturbing. But the consequences of ignoring it are even worse, so I devote a large portion of my life to it.
And, of course, I’m not alone. Every one of us has been influenced in hundreds of ways we don’t even know about by the third jihad (and the first two jihads).
It’s important to understand how they do it. One of the most successful techniques they use is the appeal to pity. The good news is that as soon as someone sees the appeal for what it is, the game is over, the magic disappears, the trance is lifted.
When you find a good example of how Islamic supremacists use the appeal to pity, please give us the example in the comments on this article. Let’s help each other see through the con game, and with our open eyes, let us completely defeat the third jihad.
Mangus Colorado- Excellent quotes.And I note while Mr.Jefferson had a copy of the Koran--he never said otherwise than "...OF all the systems of morality ancient or modern, which have come under my observation,none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus..." n.94 p.332 America's God and Country and in the letter to Joseph Priestley April9,1803 Jefferson wrote of Jesus teaching on Morality"... his system of morality was the most benevolent and sublime probably ever has been taught..." sentiments Jefferson also expressed in letter to Dr.Benjamin Rush Apr,21 1803 See Thomas Jefferson L:Writings Library of America ,1984 edition Merrill D. Peterson ed.pp1120-1126perhaps the genesis for his Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth in error called the Jefferson Bible? I do not recall Jefferson ever placing the prophet of Islam in the same class as he did Jesus.
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I agree with your premise, we are a people moved by pity and do not look deeply into that ploy. I contend that we are also being subjected to the pity ploy by the likes of Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, President obama and others.
The ones you mention are not always playing the pity me game, they are also adept at the you're just a hater of my race game. It to is powerful, not to illicit pity but to make you feel ashamed or just plain wrong.
Excellent information and comments,thans
I hope this is on topic--it appears to me that here in America the Islamists do not need to appeal to the pity of the American people so much as they need to apply their tactics of deception to appeal to our diplomatic politicians-and then to our mediating Progressive Courts(much as the Communists did back in the 20's-50's-can anyone remember the ACLU?) --then through our public schools ( for the youth -building a future safe for Islamic domination) Look to who they have appealed to when wishing to build new mosques.And how long has the trial for that Major Malik Hasan dragged on now? And public schools like those in California ( I hear) have had students practice /pretend to go on Jihad/ and have pretended to go on the HAJ-even reciting the Islamic prayer in public school classrooms ? If true we ought be having watchmen in these key areas.And more than ever before we need to be extra careful who we elect for public office.
Great stuff, Twana!
I'm passing this along to all my contacts...
Stay vigilant, stay strong, stay proud!
We see this form of psychological warfare all the time. Since the 1980's, at least, we have been being programmed by the mainstream media and other media outlets, particularly the entertainment industry. We are seeing it in schools in the form of indoctrination, coupled with severe punishment for the outspoken resisters (expulsion or remedial classes for the students, sensitivity training or firing for staff and faculty), in the workplace, and just about every facet of our lives.
While your first example was taken from Islam, this one is very real and has had, and will continue to have tragic consequences for society.
The following article titled "The Overhauling of Straight America'' was written by Marshall K. Kirk and Erastes Pill and appeared in Guide Magazine, a homosexual publication, in November 1987. This landmark article has become a "bible" of the homosexual movement, and has since been widely re-published on the Internet and elsewhere. It outlines strategies and techniques for a successful widespread propaganda campaign to confuse and deceive the American people and demonize opponents. Like all propaganda, their methods are based not on solid intellectual arguments, but instead upon emotional manipulation of the public in an attempt to gain widespread sympathy and approval for homosexual behavior.
As you read this, keep in mind that it was written in 1987 -- and look around to see how far the homosexual movement has gotten using these techniques."
"STEP 2: PORTRAY GAYS AS VICTIMS, NOT AS AGGRESSIVE CHALLENGERS.
In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be cast as victims in need of protection so that straights will be inclined by reflex to assume the role of protector. If gays are presented, instead, as a strong and prideful tribe promoting a rigidly nonconformist and deviant lifestyle, they are more likely to be seen as a public menace that justifies resistance and oppression. For that reason, we must forego the temptation to strut our "gay pride" publicly when it conflicts with the Gay Victim image. And we must walk the fine line between impressing straights with our great numbers, on the one hand, and sparking their hostile paranoia-"They are all around us!"--on the other.
A media campaign to promote the Gay Victim image should make use of symbols which reduce the mainstream's sense of threat, which lower it's guard, and which enhance the plausibility of victimization. In practical terms, this means that jaunty mustachioed musclemen would keep very low profile in gay commercials and other public presentations, while sympathetic figures of nice young people, old people, and attractive women would be featured. (It almost goes without saying that groups on the farthest margin of acceptability such as NAMBLA, [Ed note -- North American Man-Boy Love Association] must play no part at all in such a campaign: suspected child-molesters will never look like victims.)
Now, there are two different messages about the Gay Victim that are worth communicating. First, the mainstream should be told that gays are victims of fate, in the sense that most never had a choice to accept or reject their sexual preference. The message must read: "As far as gays can tell, they were born gay, just as you were born heterosexual or white or black or bright or athletic. Nobody ever tricked or seduced them; they never made a choice, and are not morally blameworthy. What they do isn't willfully contrary - it's only natural for them. This twist of fate could as easily have happened to you!"
This ploy started in the 1920s, when America was led to believe Federal Government was supposed to "help" the disadvantaged.
Does, "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli ..." ring a bell? Call in the men who revere that song as their hymn. They'll take care of the "Islamic encroachment" problem fast, just as their predecessors took care of the problems south of our border and in Tripoli, years ago. The "pity" is our spineless electorate continues to elect spineless representatives.
This is exactly what the new Islamic government in Uganda is doing, broadcasting news stories about the "Lord's Army",portraying these "Christians" as brutal monsters, rapists and robbers, who oppose their rule, and seek to remove them from power. The muslims, of course, have control of the nation's TV and radio stations, and they neglect to report that it was the muslims who have done these atrocities for decades, until they gained power in Uganda through their murders and terrorism. Our own president two months ago sent over 100 "advisors" to Uganda, to assist the muslims in "taking out the Lord's Army, removing them from the battlefield."
A sociopath is somebody who grew up without love, even with hate, therefore grows to hate love… subsequently, sociopaths evoke pity in others to trap love so they can destroy it… it is extremely important to recognize the difference between a sociopath and the truly oppressed, like the “trapped” children born to them!!!