Alan Harrington posited that the psychopath is the new man being produced by the evolutionary pressures of modern life. Gets your attention, huh? There is another punch…
I don’t know when the author made the statement but he wrote a book on psychopaths in 1972 so that’s a decent guess. He died in 1997 so “modern” in this case is relative. Here, you can read about him in the words of his entertaining friends – Tucson Weekly.
Let’s say he’s right. I suspect most would agree this trend has exploded like a mushroom cloud if we compare the 1970’s with modern modern life. Twenty-first century life!
The list of reasons why could be a book in itself. My question in putting this out here is to ask what non-psychopaths supposed to do about this?
I happen to not be a psychopath. Given my background, you might wonder. But I’m caught here, like many of you, needing to find a way to live among people who aren’t really like me. You can’t avoid them because they exert so much control; causing unquantifiable harm to the lives of everyone, everywhere.
I’m not sure if a person might be able to consciously give into the “pressures of modern life”; set aside their innate moral compass and opt to evolve in this direction. I don’t think I could do it. Just trying to hold the thought in my head is intensely uncomfortable.
I don’t think this is because I’m such a moral person or anything like that. It could be I’ve seen too much of the damage done by psychopaths. I don’t want any part of it, but why? For all I know, it because I have Capricorn! Karma? Fear of comeuppance?
It may also be the strong Jupiter strong streak. I have a drive to be high-minded. I’d rather try to figure out how to help people as opposed to harming them. But again, this may be due to my fear of consequences.
Have you head that AI came up 40K lethal chemical weapon compounds in just six hours? It’s believable. This is the world we find ourselves in. How can the everyday person to cope?