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Saturday, October 25, 2014


Do you wonder?

and find out:

The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.  

30 of them, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

 Those emergencies, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, give the president extraordinary powers:

 to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.

 "What the National Emergencies Act does is like a toggle switch, and when the president flips it, he gets new powers. 

It's like a magic wand. and there are very few constraints about how he turns it on," 

said Kim Lane Scheppele, a professor at Princeton University.

But what does this perpetual state of national emergency do to psyches of the citizens of this nation?

When you have a phenomenon like 9/11, it’s literally a disclosure, which is the Greek meaning of the word.

It unveils an understanding of the world that is beyond what any of us possessed before or could’ve imagined having.
In other words, the end of the world as we know it can show the world as it always really was, beneath the veneer of stability.

Apocalyptic events seriously draw into question people’s taken-for-granted understanding of their worlds. 

 If you get a little thrill when you contemplate the worldwide obliteration of society in a horrific Armageddon

have you crossed a line from “person with a guilty pleasure” to “person who is a dangerous psychopath”?

 When the apocalypse is in the hypothetical, it’s normal for the excitement to be stronger than the fear. 

If it’s not in the hypothetical and you’re seeing the devastation and you’re more excited than distraught, 

then you’re in the psychopathic range.



  1. The number of psychopaths in our society who have access to pretty much all the guns and weapons they want is horrific. As for sociopaths--there is growing evidence that, tragically, some people really are born that way, which means they have no conscience, no inborn moral compass or natural compassion, and there is no therapy or medication that can help them.

    Oh, and a large number of sociopaths are known to work in Wall Street (big shocker, I know).

  2. Hi Roland .. Helena has answered as I would.

    Also sadly everyone over-reacts without understanding all the facts, yet believing all the fiction.

    Have a good weekend with some time off I hope - Hilary

  3. Helena:
    1 in 25 in America are sociopaths. They might not kill you, but they will quickly kill your reputation if you get in their way!

    The percentage is higher among efficiency experts and CEO's as you mentioned. Spooky, right?

    Alas, I am working solo this (and every) weekend at the blood center. Whew!

    Yes, sadly, we jump at all the wrong conclusions these days. Sigh.

  4. I didn't know that sociopaths are likely born that way. I really expected they were created by their upbringing. The news every day proves there are a lot of psychopaths walking among us.

  5. Susan:
    Yes, the current scientific thought is that sociopaths are born with a neural defect that renders them incapably of empathy or morality.

    Scary thought. Many sociopaths believe the rest of us are faking our empathy and morality as are they. Double scary, right?

  6. I only scored 27% on the Psychopath test; I'm too empathetic and must remain wary, which I am, naturally.

    Hope you will pop over to either or both my blogs for a story about a haunted house, my WEP contribution. Two versions concerning the same place. . .

    BTW, it seems to me many do take pleasure in the gory, and the idea of society failing. But do they really think about it? I doubt they consider it in depth, just the fear thrill.

  7. Our cultures reward sociopaths. And are tailor made for psychopaths. Which I find scary. Very, very scary.

  8. D.G.:
    I've been on the road all day, and it looks to be most of the night now. Whew!

    But I will pop over to your blogs and read and comment when the onslaught eases up!

    Yes, people want the thrill of Apocalypse but would soon become weary of it!

    Elephant's Child:
    Sadly, I fear you are right. Sociopaths make the best efficiency experts and HR heads. Sigh.

  9. It never occurred to me that she wanted a funeral in case the man showed up. I guess I don't have a criminal mind.