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The Calculated Madness

It is in fact possible to be a handsome, and intelligent, unknown to police and psychiatry.
The Calculated Madness
We confuse sharp brain functions with wisdom, perhaps because the school cares too little to make us wise.

A former colleague of mine had rasta braids and freestyle clothing. He was often stopped at airports, being suspected to carry hashish. «I am the last in the world who is going to smuggle hashish», he said. «It would be madness to do it with such a look».  An intelligent drug smuggler cuts hairs short and put on smart clothing – or a uniform. An intelligent serial killer also exploits this very belief that the symbols describe the reality.

We can easily take distance from Anders Behring Breivik without labeling him unintelligent, super-religious and ugly. It is in fact possible to be a handsome, intelligent and non-observant Christian mass murderer, unknown to police and psychiatry. No one is too wise and empathetic to be handsome, intelligent and a non-observant Christian, although it is possible to have all five characteristics together.

Often we confuse sharp brain functions with wisdom, perhaps because the school cares too little to make us wise. It's like expecting a fast and spacious hard disk contains programs that allow us to do something constructive. The disk might just as likely be full of war games. According to classmate Marit Andersen, Anders Breivik Behring was good at school. As a child he attended Smestad school, where the royal children had gone before him. His father was a graduate and his mother was a nurse. His biggest role model was Peder "Fjordman" Jensen, with a master's degree from the University of Oslo. Breivik had a perfect starting point for planning terror in peace. "He has lived an extremely law-abiding life," said the PST.

The American brain researcher James Fallon have read Breivik's manifesto. NRK P2, he says that the killer appears to be most sane and rational. For rational. I do not speculate on the psychiatrists’ decisions or what kind of trauma Breivik may have experienced. I would like to point out that a psychopath is not irrational, but as deliberate as a mentally healthy person can be without feeling any sympathy. Such a personality is different than what we normally associate with a mental disorder, with confusion and increased sensitivity.

In a living situation, I met a couple that represented both. The husband appeared polite, pleasant and very helpful. On the other hand, the wife appeared as neurotic and annoying. I came into conflict with her, and her husband was "peacemaker." He was neutral and neat when he hosted a meeting to reconcile us. A little later he disappeared without a trace and we learned that he was arrested. Only afterward, his wife dared to say he had tried to kill her, and abused her throughout their relationship. He had forced her to interfere with people, so he could emerge as the god father. Eventually she became so ill that he could deprive her by telling people that she unfortunately suffered from neurosis. She was far from dangerous or cruel, but I had been sure that she was the problem. She was foreign and unemployed, while her husband was Norwegian, and wealthy. He had been diagnosed as a psychopath.

There are more psychopaths among managers than among the general public, according to Norway's leading technical journal, Teknisk Ukeblad. They are attracted by power, money and prestige, and are not afraid to step on others. They succeed because many people define success in the same way as they do. After 22 July, this has begun to change. People who had lower status have now attended the rosetog and embraced them. Also, the Antiracist Center reports increased interest in visiting immigrant families to acquire knowledge through the campaign, Tea Time.

Hollywood taught us that villains are jagged and unrestrained persons who scare people by revealing their mere face, while the heroes are well-tended, restrained, and bristling with status symbols. 22 July, 2011 should have retrained to us. Symbols and bag items - such as religion, clothing and skin color - say nothing about how bad or good a person can act.

Source: The Nordic Page 2012/2 Issue

About the author

*Kari Bu is culture editor, journalist and web-editor of the Norway's first street Magazine, =Oslo. She also publishes entries in Norwegian on her own blog, http://karibua.wordpress.com.

This text was translated from Norwegian and the author cannot be held responsible for any possible misunderstanding due to translation errors.

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