Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Stephen Harper and the Mask of Sanity
Theo Moudakis Toronto Star.
I see that a lot of Canadians were shaking their heads today at Stephen Harper's lack of empathy, for telling people now is a good time to buy stocks.
Even as stocks dive and so many people are worried about their investments, their pensions, their homes or their jobs.
But I'm not surprised. Not just because he himself admits it.
“I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the most emotionally expressive guy,” said Mr. Harper, when asked whether he might want to show more empathy with Canadians becoming increasingly fearful for their economic future.
But because I honestly believe he's incapable of being empathetic because he's a clinical psychopath. Not the criminal type who hurt or kill people without remorse. But one of the many all around us.
Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.
Some of the most successful people in the world are psychopaths. Lawyers, soldiers, big business types, leaders like Vladimir Putin. Another guy with cold dead eyes who can't really smile. Just open his mouth and show his teeth.
In good times they can be brilliant. But in bad times they are the last kind of leaders a human society needs.
Imagine living in a society full of broken bodies, with a leader who can't feel the PAIN of others?
Stephen Harper can't help being who he is. But his cold inhuman nature in a country that believes in compassion, should disqualify him from being Prime Minister at a scary time like this.
The sooner we can give this heartless bully and his hideous alien ideology the boot.
The SAFER and more CANADIAN we'll be...