28 07 11 - 18:02From the usual blather:
So if there is no road back to how things used to be, to the naÃ¯ve fearlessness of what was untouched, there is a road forward. To be brave. To keep on as before. To turn the other cheek as we ask: âIs that all youâve got?â To refuse to let fear change the way we build our society. - NYT
This drooling nordmoron misses the point: you were living in illusion, promoting ideologies and actions that were obviously destructive, and someone finally called you on it.
You're no different than the pushy driver who eventually encounters someone else who doesn't stop. "Well, you ran that stop sign -- I just didn't figure I should stop to fix things for you, so I smashed your car, and it's your fault. Get ready to pay my insurance company."
Afloat on wealth and luxury, you kept making suburban-idle-person decisions. Sure, bring in more immigrants. Liberalize the schools! Teach propaganda! These things make me feel better about myself. I have no intention of participating in them, but I feel like a little Jesus Christ for demanding them. And my friends -- who also work easy desk jobs, are empowered and protected by a vast legal system -- think the same way. Society won't change. We're just making it better.
Then those things fail and you keep chattering on, with your head in the clouds.
Finally you wake up when someone shoots up your cities. But you wouldn't have otherwise, which is why he did it.
Josh Foster (of the University of South Alabama) and I are releasing a study today showing that narcissistic traits are increasing even faster than we previously thought. From 2002 to 2007, college students' scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) rose twice as fast as we'd found in an earlier study that covered changes between 1982 and 2006. (The NPI measures narcissistic traits among the normal population, not necessarily rising to the level of a clinical diagnosis).
Then there's the shocking data recently released by researchers from the National Institutes of Health. They surveyed a nationally representative sample of 35,000 Americans about symptoms that can add up to Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the more severe, clinical form of the trait. They asked if someone had ever experienced these symptoms in their lifetime, so you'd expect that older people would have a much higher rate than younger people since they've lived more years. However, the data go the opposite direction: Only 3% of people over 65 had ever experienced NPD, compared to nearly 10% of people in their twenties. It's possible that older people forgot some symptoms from earlier in their lives, but that would have to be a large amount of forgetting to account for this big a discrepancy. With almost 1 out of 10 people in their twenties already experiencing NPD, it's sobering to realize how high that number might go in the coming decades.
So the whole society has become more narcissistic - not just the people, but our entire value system. - Psychology Today
Narcissism is self-worship and to a large degree, denial of the world outside the self.
You can get away with it for a little while, but then it comes crashing down.
We have been living on illusions for too long because these illusions are popular and seem positive.
(2) It was really inevitable that shipping all the jobs overseas to places like China and Taiwan for rich people could make a lot of money would be unsustainable in the long run â the vain hope for an âinformation economyâ and a âsummer of recoveryâ and a âSputnik momentâ have, alas, come to naught.
(3) It was really inevitable that the wish of racial equality and all the social programs designed to create racial equality (think of Head Start or No Child Left Behind or housing projects) would fail because it was always based on a lie that was refuted by even the most cursory objective examination of the facts.
(4) It was really inevitable that the Universal Church of Political Correctness would lose its media monopoly as technology democratized narrative power.
(6) It was really inevitable that feminism and abortion and loose living â the sort of degeneracy known to the Ancients, discarded by âWise Menâ technocrats, the wisdom of generations we call âtraditionâ â would destroy Europe and America in the long run in exactly the same way that Rome fell after it was depopulated and invaded by barbarians.
(7) It was really inevitable that people who are utterly disconnected from the physical creation of wealth â cloistered in universities where they have created a language of âracial progressâ even more complex than Scholastic theology â could lead us into the bright utopian future of tomorrow. - OD
Living in an illusion, you get mad when people disturb you.
You blame them for somehow "ruining" your nice happy oblivion trip.
But the fact is they ruined nothing. Life could go on as it had.
But now you're afraid to do that because you and others have seen that it is illusion.
The fear is from within. Breivik is in jail. It's the rest of you trembling now.