From a general perspective of the inner culture in this desolate rural town
on the highway, treating outsiders as "Marks' or "suckers to be used' is OK.
The people who get nails in their tires are the paranoids. They decide to do something about it.
They pass a law requiring a security guard at every gas station who'll help the 'owner' deal with these 'vandals'. The owner argues such a law requires municipal assistance as the cost is too great a burden. The owner (the psychopath) hires the buddy of the sociopath who is instructed to overlook the sociopaths putting nails in tires (racketeering in a socially acceptable context by making failure to comply with the bosses wishes insubordination) but turn in anyone else who caught. For appearances other sociopaths are enlisted covertly by others who are in the employ of the psychopath to put nails in tires of cars for other reasons: out of state plates, color of skin, manner of dress, etc. These people are caught by the Security Guard sociopath and everyone believes the system works. They proclaim in self-defense that out-of-state people, colored people and people who dress funny threaten their way of life.
Those caught are in the lower rungs of this inner social order. Those
who are protected are in the higher rungs of this inner social order. All
of the people in this social order feel that they BELONG in this rural town.
If someone should make a fuss about what is going on, that person becomes one
of the town's black sheep, shunned from good society and persecuted by whatever
whisper campaign can be used to crucify them. The goodness of human nature has
been usurped by a psychopath.
His narcissist spouse is happy adorned with material wealth and adoration.
The sociopaths are happy and belong or in the least have a place in this town.
The paranoids are never happy despite successful endeavors passing laws to
whittle away the dangers and their optimists whisper that we are making things
safer with our laws.
The rest of society really hasn't got a clue. In the little town, the gas station owner brings in money to the community and his social hierarchy is protected. Questions might be asked what happens after the gas station becomes an empire; speculation might occur about what happens when two of the sociopaths get into a conflict. The psychopath maintains order throughout the chaos, regardless.
The previous imaginary anecdote is only a microcosm of how societies operate and how psychopaths rise to wealth and power.
War-like societies are socially programmed to be that way by psychotics who
control societies. Little itsy bitsy
tribes may have their psycho's, but the scope of their power is limited by
their limits to communication and technology.
Inherently, human nature is good. Socially, cultures have the pathology of coming together in dire circumstances. This reflects the good nature of humanity. From such coming together evolves a cooperative society that is more successful.
From this cooperative society emerge opportunities for taking advantage of other people. The psychopath focuses on these opportunities and uses the sociopath, the narcissist and the paranoid to do the legwork, to deflect attention and occasionally to feed the angry hungry mobs a human offering should the danger of getting caught ever rise.
Society decays until upon the brink of disaster. When disaster strikes, the goodness in people brings them together and the cycle begins again.
For me, this encompasses how psychopaths and narcissists now push our global village into decay with the potential for annihilation. This comes at a time, ironically, when the world could be a better place for everyone.
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