Monday, May 12, 2008

World leaders: Psycopaths or just evil....

From Conrad via email:

I am not endorsing this political blog, but it has an interesting post. Clinton Callahan asks, "Why, no matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering and injustice?"

Here is Callahan's answer. "The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder."

I disagree. World leaders are not insane; they are evil. As Leo Tolstoy stated, "In order to get power and retain it, it is necesssary to love power, but the love of power is not connected with goodness, but with the qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty."

This writer reminds me of our friend Miles. Callahan describes people without any pity, conscience, or remorse as insane. This would imply that counseling, medication, or genetic engineering would "cure" them of their inhumanity. I believe they are making a rational, calculated choice that in a court of law would lead to punishment rather than a stay at a insane asylum.

As much as I disagree, this article is well written, and is worthy of your attention:


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