From Slate on Eric Harris of Columbine infamy: These are not the rantings of an angry young man, picked on by jocks until he’s not going to take it anymore. These are the rantings of someone with a messianic-grade superiority complex, out to punish the entire human race for its appalling inferiority. It may look like hate, but “It’s more about demeaning other people,” says Hare.
A second confirmation of the diagnosis [of psychopathy] was Harris’ perpetual deceitfulness…. Harris claimed to lie to protect himself, but that appears to be something of a lie as well. He lied for pleasure, Fuselier says. “Duping delight”—psychologist Paul Ekman’s term—represents a key characteristic of the psychopathic profile.
Messianism. Superiority complex. Pleasure in deceit. I don’t know why, but a vision of the Clintons just popped into my head.