The Sociopath Next Door

Imagine a world where everyone is mean, hurtful, cynical, self-absorbed and selfish.  Dog eat dog, survival of the fittest, might makes right, the boy with the biggest toys wins; a world of sociopaths.  A sociopath is defined as a person with a personality disorder manifesting  in extreme antisocial attitudes, behaviors and a lack of conscience.

Are we becoming a society of sociopaths?  In light of this possibility, is kindness important?

2 thoughts on “The Sociopath Next Door

  1. Sociopaths? There are some, but I feel as a society, many of us are indifferent (sociopathic seems like too strong a definition). Overwhelming business and family obligations seem to prompt us to ignore common courtesy; we seem too targeted to satisfy our own needs. It’s hard to be altruistic when “self” is the most important. And, conversely, it is hard to be selfless when we’ve imposed so much pressure on ourselves to achieve and succeed. I feel we need to dial back a bit in order to remember that we are one of many; we aren’t solitary/singular…..let’s try to remember the other guy.

    • It’s true that the idea of sociopath’s is a bit extreme. However, there are also a lot of people who are so blinded by their fear which fuels their ambition which often leads to borderline anti-social behavior. But the kernel I want to home in on in your comment is the self. Selfish, self-obsessed, self-centered, self-serving, self-indulgent, self, self, self! In my experience, only when I forget self do I ever feel free.

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