Monday, December 12, 2011
This is an interesting article on reputation and psychopathic tendencies. Whether or not you agree with its conclusions, it is worth reading. A psychopath is a person who doesn't care what others think of him. Reputation has no meaning. If the person lies, cheats or steals, there is no feeling for those who have suffered loss because of the psychopath. Lack of empathy allows behavior that is offensive to society. The article, more controversially, maintains that great wealth, or the prospect of it, breeds distance from others and an inability to understand what others experience. Anyone who knows the history of philanthropy will know that isn't necessarily true. On the other hand, the temptation to transgress social norms is larger when there is a pot of gold in bad behavior. The main point of the article is important. Those who distance themselves from society can develop tendencies to transgress society's norms and are a danger. In other words, reputation is important.