virus: Who's manipulating who?

Reed Konsler (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 12:23:44 -0500

>Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 21:29:36 -0500
>From: "joe dees" <>
>Subject: virus: level 3 as sociopathic
>Sociopaths are notoriously good at telling others what they want to hear,
>and through flattery manipulating them to serve personal ends which may be
>detrimental to the interests of the others so utilized. They outwardly
>adapt, chameleonlike, to mimic any worldview that confers them advantage
>in a given situation. And they are especially convincing liars. They
>treat people like malleable things and the beliefs of people as usable
>resources/attributes, and, being monomaniacal egotists, have no moral or
>ethical compunctions about pursuing their machinations to the detriment of
>others (win-win is best, because the other will most likely be amenable to
>further usage, but if it is a zero-sum game, the other gets the fecal end
>of the stick). This is one possibility; what are some others?
>Joe E. Dees
>Poet, Pagan, Philosopher

The real question is, why would you want to characterize level 3 as sociopathic?

You've done an excellent job of showing how a properly worded passage can make something sound bad by using words like "manipulating, liars, monomaniacal, machinations, detriment" and so on. Can I ask you why? Do you believe that level 3 is sociopathic? Was it an "exercise"?

Recognizing that you have this power, I would suggest you consider using it carefully. As Richard would say, "this is why clarity of purpose is so important".


  Reed Konsler