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On psychopaths.

Professor Sam Vaknin puts into stunning, poetic words why we have nothing to fear from psychopaths.

It's a 24-minute video, so watch it when you can concentrate.

youtube.com/watch?v=P89t9NQCUT

Hollywood conditioned the public to fear psychopaths.

So did our literati and academics.

But the FAKE description of psychopaths reminds me of what Islamist terrorists used to say:

"We love death the way you love life, so we will win."

Let's deconstruct
THAT steaming pile of horse manure.

One, Islamist terrorists as a group most certainly did NOT love death.

They surrendered in droves, and their leaders never risked a precious whisker of their OWN pious beards.

Two, when the enemy senselessly throws away his life, by definition he will lose.

Example:

The Islamic State put their best men into suicide units called the Inghemasiyoun.

"Those who immerse themselves."

The best-trained, most-experienced men were Inghemasiyoun.

So, who can see the problem of killing all your best men?

EXACTLY.

You kill all your best men.

This is why the Germans of World War One abolished assault battalions and instead trained the entire army to be shock troops.

These are Home Guard, some of whom are in their fifties.

The assault battalions were comprised of only unmarried volunteers 27 and younger.

They suffered extremely high casualties.

When the entire army was trained as shock troops, the high command discovered that husbands, fathers,and grandfathers didn't fight as hard as the young single men.

They wanted to live.

SO THE TACTICS WERE CHANGED IN ORDER TO SAVE LIVES.

See?

Even with new tactics, the Germans did extremely well.

Now, the Imperial Japanese were ALL suicide troops.

They lost badly against citizen-soldiers who wanted to live.

In the end, those who love life will always defeat those who love death.

When you know that life is precious, you take actions that have long-term ramifications, such as engendering good will in the former enemy.

The world becomes a better place.

People on this very forum tell us constantly that the other side is winning.

Balderdash.

Hooey.

Defeatists have been conditioned by the very people who the defeatists claim they want to fight.

When Trump was elected, the country was much worse off than it is now.

We don't know what Trump's plans are, but he says we'll be happy with them.

Having studied history, I never expected a total lack of setbacks, especially given the stakes.

The defeatists wanted something that they could never be given.

They wanted a Hollywood movie.

Well, despite the foregone conclusion of World War II, it was absolute hell to GET TO that foregone conclusion.

During the Battle of the Bulge, we lost 19,000 dead over six weeks.

That's 46,000 when scaled up to 2021.

We lost 4400 dead in Iraq over eight years.

In World War II, commanders EXPECTED large numbers of casualties. Our troops died like flies.

The psychopath doesn't know that others have precious lives, so the psychopath operates like the Islamic State and the Imperial Japanese.

Both ended up on the ash heap of history.

You have nothing to fear from psychopaths.

All you need to do is learn about their weaknesses and then exploit them.

The way Trump does.

The best is yet to come.

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@ThomasWic

"In the end, those who love life will always defeat those who love death."

Those who love life are the people I am surrounding myself with right now.

I refuse to allow people who love fear and death suck the life out of me.

I am totally over it.

@ilumanous

Medal of Honor winner Staff Sergeant David B. Bleak, US Army medic, Korean War.

Six feet, five inches tall, 250 pounds.

Volunteered to accompany a platoon tasked with capturing Chinese troops for interrogation.

Rescued countless men while under fire and killed five Chinese with his bare hands, two by smashing their heads together.

He was shot and bayoneted, and he used his own body to shield a man from a grenade blast.

Came home alive.

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@ThomasWic @ilumanous The Medal of Honor is not "won". The men and women who earned the award are 'recipients' in recognition of their deeds. They are not 'winners' of some contest.

@Michael_Longe @ThomasWic

Many times you will see the words "Winner of the Medal of Honor" even in Military newspapers. It isn't disrespectful. We all know that it wasn't a contest. Matter of fact many who should have received one turned it down because they fought beside others who did exactly what they did and never came home.
If it was just a contest, they would have jumped at the chance to get their prize.

@ilumanous @ThomasWic "winner' is just sensationalist media garbage. You may see it often... doesn't make it right. The Medal of Honor Recipients I've spoken and served with would never regard it as something they 'won'.

@Michael_Longe @ThomasWic

The way you jumped on Thomas for using the word is what spurred me to respond. I don't think he meant anything disrespectful or sensational about it.

My father and all my uncles served in the Marine corps during WW2. All of them did heroic things deserving of a Medal of Honor. Only one (my uncle Leo) received the Navy Cross and he never spoke about it even to his wife. He could have cared less what the terminology was. He just thought of those who didn't come home.

@ilumanous @ThomasWic "Jumping" on Thomas is the last thing I would do. That was not my intent. I was sharing an opinion of what I, and many, see as improper terminology. You have a distinguished family of which I'm sure you're very proud. Thank you for sharing them with us.

@Michael_Longe @ThomasWic

Thank you for clarifying your remarks. I am glad that it wasn't your intent, just as I am sure that it isn't the intent of people who may use "Improper terminology" when speaking of such things.

The response, and additional clarification as sensationalist media garbage just seemed a bit harsh for the toot. Especially since we all know TW's heart for those who served honorably in the military.

@Michael_Longe @ilumanous @ThomasWic

Good exchange.

Yet for me its not about harshness, but about our unconscious at work.

Thomas' contributions and energy are so unique and he clearly is on the side of those not run by their ego.

@ilumanous @Michael_Longe @ThomasWic Exactly! Same with my Dad. How I loved listening to their stories, and their stories were always funny stuff. And they loved kidding each other and different branches of the military. Dad fought on the European Front, but he always gave the men fighting on the Pacific Front a silent salute. He held these fighting men and women in high regard.

@Michael_Longe @ilumanous @ThomasWic My Dad, A Chief Petty Officer serving on LSDs was nominated for the Metal of Honor. Like so many others, he described it as just doing your job the best way you could...no big deal. It seemed to me like they never really thought about it...like automatic reactions. It's fight until you can't fight any more. They don't 'win' the Metal of Honor; they are just 'rewarded' for their efforts. But all of these beautiful men knew that each one of them counted.

@Reflady @Michael_Longe @ThomasWic

"Like so many others, he described it as just doing your job the best way you could...no big deal. It seemed to me like they never really thought about it...like automatic reactions. It's fight until you can't fight any more."

Exactly.

And since so many of them see things that way, I don't think that many would take offense if someones terminology was off.

I am over people being offended because of words. I am more interested in the heart of a man.

@ilumanous @Michael_Longe @ThomasWic Exactly the point I was making. Having the opportunity to spend time observing and listening to many of these wonderful men and women, I can tell you that they had a great sense of humor and didn't sweat the small things! So many people these days sweat the small things and miss the target completely. It's a shame that when Boomers pass away [was born in '46] so few will have had an opportunity to share this wonderful world with these WW II characters!!

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