What do you do with the evil when their [an evil person’s] masquerade of sanity is so successful, their destructiveness so “normal?”  First you must stop buying the masquerade and being deceived by the pretense … we are … in combat against evil.

M. Scott Peck, M.D., in People of the Lie

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If you had told me years ago when I began studying government and politics that I would have, also, to learn about malignant narcissism, I would flat-out not have believed you.

But here we are.  Narcissism grows; and, it is malignant.

It is a primary by-product of exclusionary secularism, particularly in the age of mass communication, ideologies and centralized government.

Those who have read Scott Peck’s excellent book People of the Lie will recall that he tells us that evil is real, that it is built on lies, that we have neglected the study of it, and that it can be identified as “malignant narcissism.”

So what are its characteristics?

Evil and those who are evil refuse to acknowledge sin or their own capacity as a human being to sin.  That refusing to see themselves as capable of sin, evil individuals strive to construct and project a false image of themselves as good, pure, special, etc.

Investing in a false image, the evil person strenuously objects to any criticism aimed at them.  Yes, investing in the evil that is they – they are intolerant of good, must destroy it and those people and those institutions and belief systems that stand on what is good.

Consistent to this last point, evil individuals rely on scapegoating to destroy those who appear a threat to them.  (The good and innocent must die.)

Evil individuals pursue secrecy.  They spread chaos and deflect any examination of themselves.

They are greedy; enough money, status, title, power, acclaim is never “enough.” They are willful – they never submit to any authority secular or divine.

Apropos, they live to control others, all other circumstances, events and “outcomes.”  It follows that they lack empathy for others – are, indeed, blind to others.

Evil individuals often maintain a parasitic relationship with a significant other and surround themselves with those like them.  Some families, then, exist in this climate and children live in, and are adversely effected by, this darkness.

With narcissism so much a part of Western life today, one wonders how it is that it rarely works its way into public conversation – particularly as to entertainment, culture, and politics.  Would not one imaginative journalist or politician just one time put “political correctness” to the test and measure of malignant narcissism?

Shalom.

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