Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mark David Chapman

The man was white, aged 18 to 30, from a middle class background. Believe it or not, but that is the most common criminal offender on this continent.

Sociopaths. Did your high school class have more than one hundred people? Do you keep up with all of them? If so, you know at least one sociopath. In fact, you may know four sociopaths. It's frightening to think about, eh?

Still, what exactly is a sociopath? Well, according to the DSM-IV, there aren't any sociopaths. There are only people on a spectrum suffering from antisocial personality disorder. So, like most things in life, there are the sociopaths that think it's funny to poke tiny holes in condom packages, and then there are the sociopaths that trap small animals and conduct vivisections on them in their garage.

So, how can you tell the difference?

You can't. Have a Happy Halloween.


Kimber said...

I think I have one in my house. I won't say who, but his name starts with a J and ends with an esse.

Krissyface said...

you really can't?

I'm getting another lock on my door.

Cindy-Lou said...

Great, now I have to start examining my friends more closely.

Stepho said...

I've examined my acquaintances and can't find the sociopath. Maybe it's me?