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Friday, January 20th, 2012, 3:54 pm

Admiring Sociopaths

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Rupert Murdoch

THE corporate media has trained people — very effectively in fact — to worship money. The admiration of wealth can be achieved through subtle insinuations that those who have more money are therefore smarter (false causality argument) and that a man or woman who surrounds him/herself with a lot of belongings is most certainly always happier. The reality is a lot more complex and can probably be realised quickly by speaking frankly to those whom the media glamourises. Famously, it was reported that Charlie Chaplin spoke to Einstein about fame and said that it was all worthless, or at least something along those lines. So why is it that there are still so many people out there who envy and glamourise socipaths like Steve Jobs?

Jobs is given as just one example among many — and one that recently died. People close to Jobs attest to the Jobs experience, people some of whom end up clarifying amid his death that he was rude. In his younger days, long before he was a billionaire, this man lied to the court under oath in order to disown his daughter, so we cannot quite defend this man’s character by saying that he lost his way after he met “success” (as in money).

The reason we are urged to admire rich sociopaths is testament to the fact that the biggest media is owned by the biggest corporations and the PR industry has become so vast that those with money get more access to our minds.

Remember to appreciate people for the small things they do in their everyday life and not based on newspaper headlines that often just serve a publicity purpose for affluent people. If only more people had harnessed the skill of being sceptical of the mainstream press…

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