Crocodile Fears

Sociopathy: It’s not rare: some (or many) “leaders of industry” are cut from this mold: human simulacra. You could look up “sociopathy” or its more formal title “Antisocial Personality Disorder.” But knowing that a human simulacrum is simply an imitation of a human provides the key to this disorder. I can’t help associating the condition with the movie¬†Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

For all his wealth, The Donald seems to experience no joy. Which makes me wonder why he doesn’t drink alcohol. Maybe his father tutored him: “It’s a weakness, son. Lose command of your senses, and others will exploit you.” Some stop drinking because they realize the destructiveness of its effects on them. Trump may fear drink for what it could reveal about his inner self, his empty inner self, his joyless inner self, his manipulatory inner self, his spiteful inner self. Even so, Trump reveals himself daily, and the fact that he doesn’t realize he is doing so is a measure of his hollowness. How can he understand what he doesn’t have, how perceive what is beyond his perception, understand what is beyond his comprehension?

Tom (Montalk), whose real last name is Cox, I believe, describes the condition in great and chilling detail on his website

Their behavior tends toward being glib, shallow, egotistical, narcissistic, mundane, predatory, and materialistic. Sometimes these traits are camouflaged by a polished social exterior, but anyone with a discerning eye can see through the disguise. They lack individuality, independent thinking, and are strongly biased toward holding a herd mentality. They lack comprehension of anything beyond the material sphere of the five senses. . . . They also appear entirely incapable of empathy, soul-searching, and willful self-sacrifice. Nevertheless, in the presence of others they can put on a flashy show of concern, distress, or altruism for purposes of social manipulation; for example, crocodile tears to elicit sympathy, or doing something nice for another solely to guilt trip them later and extort a favor.

Pretty sure I’ve met that guy.

He scares me the way he scares children, who know when they encounter a soulless cypher. He also triggers my anger, and for all of the reasons above. He makes me think of Isaac Azimov’s The Mule, a character from his Foundation series. The Wikipedia entry describes him thusly:¬†One of the greatest conquerors the galaxy has ever seen, he is a mentalic who has the ability to reach into the minds of others and “adjust” their emotions, individually or en masse, using this capability to conscript individuals to his cause. Not direct mind-control per se, it is a subtle influence of the subconscious; individuals under the Mule’s influence behave otherwise normally. . . .

If I didn’t make it clear in my “10 Drafts of Reality” entry, let me have another go at this, this time from the perspective of resistance.

The Number of the Beast (working title)

We have your number

We know where you live

Your minions can’t hide

From our winnowing sieve.

No Newspeak can fool us

No sham will be missed

No record expunged

No evil dismissed

No memory forgotten

No man, woman, child

No loss–no, not one

Not one reconciled

Til you strangle on bile

Lose your insipid smile

Your clownish orange wig and

Your neo-knack guile

Till your Empire burn

Your Trump Tower crumble

All your billions in banks

Repose in your urn.

And, yes, I realize the scansion is rocky and the rhyme close to none. I was aiming more at a prose poem than a sonnet. So there’s that.

Published by: DeanHove

Married, children, grands and great-grands. I have 3 sisters, all living in different states from each other and me. A couple of college degrees. Jobs all involved writing. I've counted them all up, the jobs I've held since I first bussed tables at 15: there were three in my teen years. Since then, I have held 8 full-time jobs, plus one long-term part-time job teaching college writing classes post-retirement. Haved lived in 8 states--I know, it does seem excessive. The relationship between jobs held and states lived in pretty much explains itself. If my cv seems vague/sketchy, it's because my blog is very much a creation of my critical faculties and my imagination--such as they are. If my writing seems "old-fashioned," it's because I learned . . . well, I'm in my 70s, a fact that pretty much explains everything. Except, perhaps, my progressive views. I'm with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who wrote: "I will not grow conservative with age." I also believe you shouldn't grow stupid with age. I think I live in the past mostly in my dreams, where I'm always late for class or with a work assignment. Which is odd, because I am punctual to a fault and cannot even imagine how people can procrastinate. Those two things aside, I have few virtues.

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2 thoughts on “Crocodile Fears”

  1. The terrible part is that there was little he could do about it. Determinism rules here. I also think of how damaged his children must be, not narcissists but victims of a narcissistic injury–never truly being loved for themselves but only as an extension of himself. The sick part of this is that so many people could be taken in by his sick charade of a self and make every day for most of us, unsteady enough as we are by our own mistakes, a horror show. As Nina Simone sings on her version of “My Sweet Lord.” “Got to get through this mess.”


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