WHY IS A STONE KILLER SO INTERESTING? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I’m talking about the one with dead eyes who blows someone’s head off, then opens the fridge, finishes off the last piece of apple pie, and carefully brushes away the crumbs with a clean hanky.

How can someone do that? Wouldn’t he be shaking or vomiting, filled with guilt and anguish at the fact he’s taken another’s life? That would be nice, but then that would make him human. A stone killer has no conscience. If you have no conscience you can strangle puppies to death, steal from elderly women, or torture innocent people. Having a reasonable discussion with this type of pseudo-human sociopath is a waste of time. Spending thousands to rehab him is also a waste of resources.

So why do we find him so interesting? Because he does exactly what he wants. We struggle with right or wrong, whether we’ll hurt someone’s feelings, or whether what we’re doing is honorable. Our code of ethics runs deep. His only code is to not get caught.

On the good side, stone killers can be fun. It’s fun to get revenge without guilt or remorse, to read a murder mystery and give our overactive consciences a rest. Crawl into bed, relax into a comfortable state of anxiety, because in the end, the good guy will get the bad guy and we’ll all be saved.

Any thoughts on good versus evil?

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Can’t we teach reason? Get together and softly hum kumbaya? Our educators try, but how do you reason with a 16-year-old who has identified with his violent, alcoholic father and now is the father?

How do you reason with a terrorist who sees Western culture as blasphemous? Our president has lost valuable years trying, and to what purpose?

How do you reason with a sociopath, a person with no conscience, who does whatever he wants because it feels good? That’s why we have prisons.

How do you reason with a pedophile, whose sexual drive transcends any decency and logic. You don’t, that’s why Penn State is being sued and will be dragged through the court system.

You can’t reason with unreasonable people! You fight! Go to war! Do whatever it takes to protect yourself, your family and your society.

Using logic in the face of an illogical belief system can be dangerous. It is often perceived as weak and gives license to more bullying, terrorism, sociopathic acts or pedophilic  attacks. Fighting is not a bad thing. It is a necessary tool that we all need to survive in a potentially hostile environment.

Oh, I forgot, girls need to fight too…