Powerful men and sexual impropriety

Time magazine writes about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of assaulting a hotel maid in New York City, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s child with an employee, and how society views powerful men taking advantage of women.

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Well, if you study history, you will find that the MAJORITY OF “GREAT MEN” were very narcissistic, sometimes sadistic, and mostly self serving, there seems to be some evidence that there is a genetic tendency toward this kind of man with this achievement drive to be narcissistic and self serving, and it is actually what seems to make him “succeed” as he has the CHARM to convince people to trust him. Examples: Bill Clinton, JFK, Mao, even Stalin.

I’m still reading the book about this….but will be reporting on it soon. Interesting stuff actually.

I think people have pretty much been the SAME throughout history, if you read the stories in the Bible from the old Testament and Roman and Greek history, Old English history, etc. about the only thing that has “changed” is technology, people are the same, with the same motives and same self serving behavior. I think that WE (here on LF) are just really starting to study and realize the depths to which man CAN and unfortunately frequently DOES sink to hurt his fellow man.

Stalin killed tens of MILLIONS of people, Mao was responsible for 60 (that is SIXTY) million deaths in his country, Hitler at ONLY 6 million, had barely started to kill and torture when fortunately his reign of terror was stopped.

Each of these men was adept at turning the entire county’s population into “enforcers” of their narcissistic and sadistic nightmares.

Back when I raised goats I always dehorned them, which with goats is a pretty brutal process, and best done when they are 2-3 days old with a red-hot iron applied to the horn bud. I’ve had people tell me how CRUEL and mean I was to do this to baby goats, but the REASON I do it is that Goats are NOT nice to each other, and I have frequently seen goats practically disembowel other goats and baby goats with their horns, as well as them having horns makes them dangerous to ME. Since goats are NOT known for being “nice” to each other, I take away their weapons.

I think humans, in general, are not known for being “nice” to each other either. Maybe I’m just a cynic, but I tend to think that more people are selfish than altruistic.

Yes Oxy,
I agree that in general, people are way more selfish than altruistic.

An example of how placing dogs into good homes has warped into a process where it’s very difficult to adopt a shelter dog, specifically a border collie. In my area, it’s only done through border collie rescue who receives all the border collies dumped at the pound. They have a process which was originally to prevent people from buying bait dogs (all for preventing that), but it has evolved into where only desperate and submissive people can adopt (kinda like alpha controlling the pack). I think these people started out altruistic and then their selfishness took over, they are now bullies and snobs… and esp in my case, prevented a pound dog from having a wonderful life.

So I bought a puppy from a professional kennel. They asked me questions such as why I wanted a dog, the living situation, made sure I was a good fit to the breed, and I signed an agreement that if I no longer wanted the dog, I would return it to the kennel and receive a $100 rebate.

ps The dog was only $100 more than the rescue dog, no psycho problems, and no degrading gestapo tactics. Avoiding the mindfkg: PRICELESS.

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