How To Disarm Good People

Thursday

IN THE BOOK, The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout says something really interesting. Her book is about normal, everyday sociopaths (also known by the somewhat outdated term, "psychopath"). In other words, the book is not about serial killers, but about the neighbor who drives you crazy, the spouse who seems dedicated to making your life miserable, the cruel, unfeeling boss, etc.

A sociopath is someone who feels no empathy for other human beings. The consequences of this lack are enormous. These people are, in many ways, not recognizably human. And there is no cure for sociopathy. It is not caused by upbringing. Therapy only makes them worse.

About two percent of the population is sociopathic, and those who are in a relationship with a sociopath need to understand what makes sociopaths tick. The more you know, the less likely you are to be fooled, used, or destroyed by a sociopath.

But Martha Stout said something interesting for us here in our conversation about Islam. She wrote about the techniques sociopaths use to exploit people around them. Sociopaths use people. And there is one thing experienced sociopaths use more than anything else because it works so well with normal people. Their ultra-effective weapon is to evoke pity. Stout wrote:

The most reliable sign, the most universal behavior of unscrupulous people is not directed, as one might imagine, at our fearfulness. It is, perversely, an appeal to our sympathy.

I first learned this when I was still a graduate student in psychology and had the opportunity to interview a court-referred patient the system had already identified as a "psychopath." He was not violent, preferring instead to swindle people out of their money with elaborate investment scams. Intrigued by this individual and what could possibly motivate him...I asked, "What is important to you in your life? What do you want more than anything else?" I thought he might say "getting money," or "staying out of jail," which were the activities to which he devoted most of his time. Instead, without a moment's hesitation, he replied, "Oh, that's easy. What I like better than anything else is when people feel sorry for me. The thing I really want more than anything else out of life is people's pity."

I was astonished, and more than a little put off. I think I would have liked him better if he had said "staying out of jail," or even "getting money." Also, I was mystified. Why would this man — why would anyone — wish to be pitied, let alone wish to be pitied above all other ambitions? I could not imagine. But now, after twenty-five years of listening to victims, I realize there is an excellent reason for the sociopathic fondness for pity. As obvious as the nose on one's face, and just as difficult to see without the help of a mirror, the explanation is that good people will let pathetic individuals get by with murder, so to speak, and therefore any sociopath wishing to continue with his game, whatever it happens to be, should play repeatedly for none other than pity.

More than admiration — more even than fear — pity from good people is carte blanche. When we pity, we are, at least for the moment, defenseless, and like so many of the other positive human characteristics that bind us together in groups...our emotional vulnerability when we pity is used against us...

The reason I thought that was interesting and relevant is that pity is one of the most common techniques orthodox Muslims use, and it is the main reason they've been able to get away with as much as they have so far. They exploit the egalitarian, multiculturalist, good-hearted nature of non-Muslims. They evoke pity and then use our own kindness and our desire to "get along with others" against us.

I was just reading the book, Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror. The ruler of Tripoli had been seizing U.S. merchant ships, adding the ship to his own fleet, keeping the contents of the ship, and selling the captured sailors into slavery. It was a very lucrative pirating business. The U.S. wanted Tripoli to stop it, of course. The ruler of Tripoli said, "Sure, we'll stop attacking your ships if you pay us tribute every year."

So for awhile the U.S. paid the tribute because they were a new country and had no navy to speak of, and they wanted to continue with their overseas trade. But the ruler of Tripoli decided the tribute they had agreed to wasn't enough, so he demanded more and when he didn't get it, he started seizing U.S. ships again.

Meanwhile, the U.S. was frantically building a navy, and by this time had enough warships to put up a fight, so they did. Suddenly Tripoli's ruler wanted to talk peace. But in the negotiations, the man negotiating on behalf of the ruler asked for a gift of money. The U.S. said no, absolutely not. The U.S. said basically, "You have not been fair in any way and have only acted as our enemy, and no, we will not pay you to stop the fighting."

Then Tripoli's negotiator tried to appeal to pity: "But Tripoli is very poor," he pleaded. "she cannot subsist without the generosity of her friends; give something then on the score of charity." In this case, Tripoli had already established a poor reputation with the Americans, so the pity plea did not work. But even after the U.S. negotiator said no, Tripoli's negotiator tried to make the U.S. negotiator feel guilty for not feeling pity. He asked, basically, "You say you want peace but you won't give this gift of charity to obtain the peace?"

Islam uses the pity plea anywhere it can. Mohammad used it, Muslims in Tripoli were using it, and Muslims today are still at it. In their dealings with powerful non-Muslims, the basic stance of Islam is: "We are an oppressed, persecuted people. We're a minority. We're under siege. We are wrongly accused. We're the victims of bigotry, hatred, and Islamophobia." And if they can't find anything to point to that proves their oppression, they literally create something (click here for an example).

It's like a game they are playing, except this is a game with very serious consequences. A single sociopath using the appeal to pity can completely ruin the lives of many people. And this is, of course, nothing compared with what orthodox Muslims have done. They've killed over 270 million people since they started. They've ruined even more lives, and they are affecting the lives and livelihoods of billions of us today.

I would like to spend my time working on productive, positive, life-affirming activities. Instead, I am spending many hours of my short time here on earth trying to stop the insidious Islamic encroachment, reading and writing about things I wish didn't exist. It's an upsetting topic. It's disturbing. But the consequences of ignoring it are even worse, so I devote a large portion of my life to it.

And, of course, I'm not alone. Each of us has been influenced in hundreds of ways we don't even know about by the third jihad (and the first two jihads).

It's important to understand how they are Islamizing the free world so successfully. One of the most effective techniques they use is the appeal to pity. The good news is that as soon as you see the appeal for what it is, the game is over, the magic disappears, the trance is lifted.

The above is an excerpt from the book, Getting Through: How to Talk to Non-Muslims About the Disturbing Nature of Islam by Citizen Warrior.

5 comments:

Anonymous 12:15 PM  

Outstanding post. This is so on target. Hope it is useful for others.

I wonder if you can rewrite this so that it is written to the useful idiots instead of us, 'together' citizen warriors. Then we can copy and paste it into our emails and on facebook. Maybe we can even script a little conversation out of it.

Thanks so much.

Traeh 8:38 PM  

Another great post from Citizen Warrior.

I believe I read parts of that book a while back. As your article indicates, the sociopath, when his victim catches him in ruthlessly selfish and coolly manipulative behaviors, starts "explaining" why in fact he, the sociopath, is the victim, and needs compassion. The sociopath trumps up ways in which he has allegedly been taken advantage of, mistreated, and so on, and evidently does this because he knows that many people are a soft touch and can be manipulated into showing compassion and taking responsibility, even when the responsibility belongs elsewhere. And we do see something like this among Islamic supremacists and Sharia promoters. I don't think those people are necessarily sociopaths, though. I think they are acting out of a sociopathic religious ideology. Muhammad or those Arab imperialists who constructed his myth were perhaps sociopaths or quasi-sociopaths.

Elsa 2:53 PM  

Thank you, Citizen Warrior. I have posted links to this piece on the Facebook page for the the Truth Summit on Islam and the West - and also on a couple of other Facebook pages with a large following. This is knowledge vital for people to have: Islam is playing on our sympathies. We are so vulnerable when we allow that to happen. We need to care for those who need our sympathy - like us!!

goethechosemercy 12:06 PM  

The quote said: "Pity is carte blanche."
Carte blanche for what?
Pity is only another branch of the tree of contempt.
Closer to hatred than anything else.
If the "sociopath" spent most of his time trying to acquire money and trying to get out of jail, then those were the things he wanted.
Disregard his statements.
They are all lies.
Muslims?
Their faith and its imperatives make them a case parallel.
I respect their humanity, but I'll be damned if I pity them.
Their efforts have all been toward the objective of conquering the West and convincing Westerners that they have no culture or civilization at all.
And as for their faith, there are no words to describe my contempt and hatred for it.

Anonymous 11:01 AM  

But it is not only Muslims who try to evoke pity for them. It is also non-Muslims. Read the article by Adam Lankford "How Bullying Creates Suicide Bombers" where he says the terrorist who killed several Americans as a suicide bomber was a victim of bullying that drove him to suicide (and mass murder). He compared this 31 year old married physician engaged in terrorism to American teens who killed themselves after be ing bullied. So now we need to look at this mass murdering jihadists martyrs as poor poor depressed bullied souls and pity them and try to be more understanding of their mental health issues that drive them to suicide.

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