We're All Psychopaths Now

So, the problem with society is we’re all just crazy? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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That’s what Kevin Dutton wrote last month in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” after a conversation he had with criminal psychologist Bob Hare.  Says Dutton, we’re witnessing a collapse of normal human behavior in societies around the world: children acting out sexually at young ages, rising crime rates among women, rampant sex scandals in government and corruption on Wall Street, investment scams, people trampling each other to death for Black Friday sales and even some willing to sell their body parts for iPads.

What’s behind this behavior? Dutton says “it’s psychopaths, pure and simple, who are at the root of all the trouble.” But it’s not this person or that one – it’s a growth in psychopathic tendencies marked by a decreasing empathy for others and increasing narcissism.

It’s reinforced when our society tends to deny any moral absolutes outside of our individual feelings and desires—and until we address that, sin will continue uncurbed, and a lot of sane people will act like psychopaths. For ThePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.

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Kevin Dutton | The Chronicle of Higher Education | October 22, 2012