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The Age Of The Dark Triad Elitist

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In the world of psychology, the term “Dark Triad” refers to the degree to which an individual manifests the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. People who score high in these 3 areas are less empathetic, less agreeable, less satisfied with their lives, and less likely to believe in the goodness of themselves and in humanity. People who score high on these traits are also more likely to commit crimes, not fit in socially, and be disruptive. Hence the word “dark” in describing this triad of personal characteristics.

Those with the trifecta of Dark Triad personality traits, therefore, can end up being a high powered corporate executive, a politician, or Ted Bundy. The level of narcissism required to be Dark Triad is intense and deeply internalized. The individual deeply believes they are superior to everyone else, their self love is ridiculously high, and many are drawn to someone with such an excessively high level of self-confidence. It does not matter if the Dark Traid’s self-confidence is substantiated or not; the result is that it rubs off on other people as they subconsciously assume that someone who loves themselves that much must have a basis for their self image. The average person is relatively insecure with low self-confidence. They, along with even those who have some confidence, will gravitate toward a person of excessive self-confidence.

This high confidence in combination with the trait of psychopathy leads to the Dark Triad Individual being more likely to take risks and to dismiss failure by rationalizing it away. The strength of the high level narcissist is the ability to achieve enormous success. The weakness lies in their inability to accept truth and reality.

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Machiavellianism is characterized by tactical strategy, manipulation, duplicity, and a high level of selfishness. The Machiavellian is a chess player, thinking several moves ahead of everyone else, and constantly employing mis-direction and smoke screens. The Machiavellian will use lies and deceit to achieve their end game.

Psychopathy is the degree to which one lacks emotion and the level to which the brain connects behaviors to guilt and remorse. The Dark Triad person shows no empathy and will feel no remorse for bad and immoral behaviors. This ability is a skill to the Dark Triad Individual in our tough and unforgiving society, but it is defined as a serious mental disorder for a reason.

The originators of the term “Dark Triad” describe the traits that make it up in this way: “To varying degrees, all three entail a socially malevolent character with behavior tendencies toward self-promotion, emotional coldness, duplicity, and aggressiveness.”

Not everyone who is highly successful or exceedingly rich displays these disturbing Dark Triad personality traits, but everyone who displays these Dark Triad traits is highly successful or exceedingly rich. Many of the elite who dominate our government, media, and corporations regularly exhibit these dark triad personality traits. In the Enron scandal, the elite fraudulently propped up the company’s stock price, leading thousands of unsuspecting employees to lose their retirement savings. The tobacco companies spent decades misleading people and covering up scientific evidence of the harmful nature of their product. During the 2008 financial crisis, big banks sold clients billions of dollars of deceptively valued securities tied to risky home mortgages. Mortgage lenders qualified people for loans, knowing their clients could not repay them. Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma marketed OxyContin for years after the company learned that the drug was highly addictive, resulting in an opioid crisis. Jeff Bezos is a notoriously mean boss and a cheapskate. Bill Gates is obsessed with population control. Hillary Clinton was accused of treating people poorly when she was the First Lady, and Donald Trump’s past infidelities, poor decisions, and infidelities have been documented. Examine any successful politician, corporate exec, athlete, or celebrity through the lens of the Dark Triad and you will easily be able to identify the behaviors and traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. You may even notice them in your boss at work.

Psychologists have found that those with greater wealth, status, and power are more likely to have one or more Dark Triad personality traits. In fact, higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior. Several studies have found that upper-class individuals are more likely than lower-class individuals to break the law while driving, exhibit unethical decision making tendencies, take valued goods from others, lie during negotiations, cheat to increase their chance of winning a prize, and endorse unethical behavior at work.

In our system, it is the wealthy who are the ones with the means to be elected into government positions of power. Since we can establish that those with more wealth and power behave badly, then we as citizens ought to be wary of all increases in government size and decreases in individual rights. Our founding fathers found this deeply concerning. George Washington warned that “ Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action”

“Irresponsible action” is something our elite have perfected in recent decades. Failing to protect our country from the attacks on September 11th, 2001, the failed wars in the middle east, the housing bubble and financial crisis of 2008 and subsequently bailing themselves out at the expense of the people, spying on American citizens, the mixed messaging on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the botched handling of it, and the catastrophe of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

The genesis of everyone of these events of the past two decades can be directly or indirectly linked to the government having too much power and the Dark Triad elites who wield it behaving badly. John Adams wisely and correctly wrote that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Adams was not speaking only of the elite who rule us, but also of us as citizens. The average citizen must focus on their own morality and then absolutely demand moral behavior from the elite whom we temporarily cede power to. And we must restore the power they have to a very limited function. This was the original intent. For perhaps our elites who designed our system knew of their own Dark Triad tendencies and created an experiment that they knew would depend on what Lincoln referred to as “the better angels of our nature.”

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Eight Dysphemisms to Start Your Week

A dysphemism is a word or phrase that is more offensive than the words it is replacing

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A “euphemism” is the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that might suggest something more bluntly or offend others, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. To say, for example, “He doesn’t have all his marbles,” is regarded as gentler than saying “He is stark raving insane.”

The Mighty Dysphemism

The opposite of a euphemism is a “dysphemism.” A dysphemism is a word or phrase that is more offensive, blunt, or harsh than the word or phrase which it is replacing. For example, instead of stating that the Manhattan District Attorney is “cognitively challenged,” you refer to him instead as a “total partisan whack job.”

For your amusement, at the least, here are eight dysphemism followed by the kinder, gentler, or at least more definitive terminology of what is being said:

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“Biting off more than you can chew” – Orally extracting an amount of edible matter that exceeds what one is comfortably able to masticate.

“That’s a load of B.S.” – Your assertion reminds one of bovine excretion.

“Sh__faced” – Bearing an expression that one normally associates with the act of removing solid waste from the body.

“Can’t tell your ass from your elbow” – Unable to differentiate between your dorsal side orifice and the joint connecting your forearm and upper arm.

“Stepping in a pile of crap” – A pedestrian venture into an accumulation of animal or human waste.

“Go F-yourself” – Engage in the act of physical consummation with yourself.

“Up to your eyeballs in crap” – Finding yourself surrounded at the visual level by unpleasantly aromatic organic waste.

“Carnal knowledge” – Having a close encounter with another, free of garments and other impediments, leading to direct tactile stimulation.

A True Time Saver

Thank goodness for dysphemisms. In a most fundamental way, they are true time-savers. Without them, we’d be groping for tedious phrasing all day long. “Up your nose with a rubber hose,” if you don’t “catch my drift.”

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How to Trust God During Uncertain Times

God is in control of all things and that we can trust Him completely

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Trusting God during uncertain times can be challenging, but it is essential for believers to lean on their faith and trust in God’s plan. As a Christian, I firmly believe that God is in control of all things and that we can find peace in His presence. In this article, we will explore ways to trust God during uncertain times and provide relevant scripture and quotes from famous pastors and Bible teachers.

Remember God’s Promises
God’s promises are true, and we can rely on them during times of uncertainty. The Bible is full of promises that God has made to His people. One such promise is found in Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When we trust in God’s promises, we can have hope and confidence in His plan for our lives.

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Another promise is found in Philippians 4:6-7, which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When we give our worries and fears to God, He can replace them with peace and comfort.

Focus on God’s Character
When we focus on God’s character, we can trust Him more fully. The Bible tells us that God is loving, faithful, and just. In Psalm 145:13, we read, “The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.” When we remember that God is loving and faithful, we can trust Him to keep His promises.

Another important aspect of God’s character is His justice. In Romans 8:28, we read, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God can use even the difficult times in our lives for His glory and our ultimate good.

Seek God’s Will
During uncertain times, it is essential to seek God’s will for our lives. When we trust in His plan, we can find peace and comfort. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” By seeking God’s will, we can have confidence that He will guide us in the right direction.

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Build Your Faith
One way to trust God during uncertain times is to build our faith. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” By reading the Bible and spending time in prayer, we can strengthen our faith and trust in God’s plan.

Connect with Others
During times of uncertainty, it is important to connect with others who share our faith. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” By connecting with other believers, we can find support and encouragement.

In closing, trusting God during uncertain times can be challenging, but it is possible. By remembering God’s promises, focusing on His character, seeking His will, building our faith, and connecting with others, we can trust in God’s plan for our lives. As the famous pastor Charles Stanley once said, “Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.” Let us trust in God every day during these uncertain times.

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