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Did Prince Harry Just Publish a Book Admitting His Own Psychopathy?
The Kunlangeta Part XVI
"You can't treat royalty like people with normal perverted desires." -Tom Stoppard
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Over the past several months or years or something (it feels like the process of deleting news emails about them long ago elevated to a measurable "time taxation" status), I've been wondering what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are up to and why anyone should care except that a "fact-checked" documentary for a brief marriage and an extended Global Oprah Couch Tour does sort of scream "Effective Altruism!" kind of loudly.
I understand that this is an attempt to generate an image distinct from the one generally (if accidentally) projected by the Royal Family, which apparently includes a whole lot of perverts who are too mentally trained into doing whatever they want to have any instinct about how to handle the truth of their collective mental illness.
It often seems as though the Kunlangeta of the world have organized a group finger-pointing campaign designed to keep people in constant social debate over which psychopaths are psychopathic. There is a degree to which that's working as people haven't gotten over the folly of the "the enemy of my enemy…scratches my inner thigh and doesn't murder my children" or some such. On the other hand, if you look closely, they're all giving you exactly the information that you need in order to understand and identify them.
What Harry didn't say, but played out in the head of every Ultimate Fighting Championship consumer, was some version of, "I don't glorify killing, but I'm so alpha, yo."
The British royal, now 38, had done two stints in Afghanistan as a forward air controller in 2007 and 2008 and then later in 2012. Some of that time he had been a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters. Given he operated in Helmand province, among the most dangerous hotspots throughout the two-decade long conflict, many military commentators see 25 total kills as definitely plausible.
In the book, he wrote: "It wasn't a statistic that filled me with pride but nor did it leave me ashamed." Then he admitted the number of kills: "When I found myself plunged in the heat and confusion of combat I didn't think of those 25 as people."
"They were chess pieces removed from the board, Bad people eliminated before they could kill Good people," Prince Harry added.
The problem is that Harry's PR team is probably too filled with psychopaths to understand the need to avoid writing psychopathy into the script. You might think I'm being figurative, but this is an actual mistake that intelligent psychopaths make when they write fiction (call it liecraft). The Statisticians and logicians will recognize the relationship with my favorite statistical topic: conditional statistics. You'll understand when you can draw the associated Venn diagram.
And the problem (that psychopaths have with the logic) is not based on the logic of the circumstances, per se, but the information management problem must be just enough to draw mental resources beyond System 1 thinking. It's based on motivations and routines as the rider and the elephant would have it.
In this particular case, Prince Harry's presumed autobiographical book of stuff that somebody typed reveals Harry's total lack of understanding of how humans relate to the act of killing, which is the very same problem we saw with Jim Channon: if you (a mature adult) do not already recognize [without being told] that 99% of people are traumatized by the act of killing another human being, you're the 1% psychopath.
The rest of us didn't need any fancy study or charts to tell us that. We just have to take one step back from the Circus Aristocratica, take a deep breath, and accept what we see.