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Ethics is a Point of View in Cognitive Hierarchy

Cognitive Hierarchy

Does one person’s anger really look any different from anyone else’s?

No. This is perhaps the reason we so readily describe people as clones or drones. We look at their behaviour in the form of fashion or expressive behaviour, or in how they express their education. Does one educated person really look any different from any other? Is one lawyer discernibly different from another?

You can see it walking around a particular kind of office. This is why we have stereotypes, but as much as what I am saying about behaviour is true, the stereotypes are still wrong.

“You’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all.”

Ethically, they can be different than another. Ah, ethically… Ethics is a point of view. The world as a person sees it. I have read this stated quite bluntly. Evil is a point of view. The recent research on psychopathic personalities, as opposed to psychotic disorders, even supports this notion. Can you have a personality without a point of view?

I’d say no. It colours everything about you.

I would think not, but I have seen people who get their opinions from others. Oh, there are borrowers. Those who abdicate ownership of their perception, followers we call them, but even they cannot follow perfectly. Their own point of view still creeps in. Can you have a relationship with someone who has no opinion on anything?

Those people have very bland personalities.

The psychopath has a personality that has red lined. They manage to manipulate people because they give no impression that they are deranged. Mechanically, they aren’t deranged, and because they are so expressive and enthusiastic about their point of view, they can easily sweep other people up in sharing it for a time.

Sociopath vs. Psychopath? Ah, the sociopath is a psychopath. The psychopath is not a psychotic. I have caught up on my psychiatric terms a bit lately, but in the case of the psychopath / sociopath, their point of view allows for no compromise.

“I’m OK; everyone else is not.” Yes, that summarizes the psychopath perfectly. There is nothing wrong with what they do. They needed the money, or they really wanted to “get off”, or that person provoked them and had it coming.

One researcher has even identified two different valences or manifestations of psychopathic personality. One which is the obvious criminal example, and another that manifests in what we would consider a positive and non-violent way. The fire fighter or doctor has to be able to manifest some degree of psychopathy, otherwise the idea that you’re going to cut someone open and manipulate their guts to maybe save them and maybe not, would be completely intolerable.

Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

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