An American Pathological Disorder
22 January 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
There is a mean and vindictive streak running through too many Americans. It is also tinged with resentfulness. They oppose, demean and ridicule many people and any idea of the public interest, but more by implication than overtly, think negatively of everything and everybody who supports it, calling them naive, and often speaking in vile and sometimes profane terms. I encounter them by degree everywhere on Facebook and other forms of social media.
They are unhesitant apologists for what is morally wrong and unabashedly and aggressively so. They deny clear facts, demean all achievement and despise educational attainment. They tend to like Blackwater and its ilk for their underhanded and often illegal actions and demean most others as wusses. They think of themselves as tough minded realists and any not like them as fools. They are at best, amoral, if not actual or latent sociopaths.
They lack a good working moral compass and even scoff at the idea of morals as something for wimps. And they resent. Boy, do they resent . . . education, attainment, others' successes and they are quite outspoken about it. They belittle. They ridicule. It is a pathological syndrome reinforced by occasional sympathetic reaction to it from others of like mind, with much more that is vile beneath the surface that remains unvoiced. They take heart from each other, and again, view themselves as arch realists. They are often gun nuts, survivalists and they rever fighting skills.
They are a significant part of the human condition in America, as bad on one side of the spectrum as the super religious, god believers are on the other. Benighted souls and spreaders of mean-spiritedness and impatience, with all being salvageable only by vile or untoward means. Humans of differing views are simply impediments to progress. They don't understand the mechanisms of progress or democracy and tend to view history as lulls punctuated by wars.They are the underbelly of America.
There are many such people in America, at base, among you, although more off social media than on it, because they don't want to be identified. I say among you instead of among us because I am now well gone by thousands of miles and living elsewhere among more normal people.