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Kellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion posted 30 January 2007 in The Warrior ProphetKellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion by Purple Library Guy, Commoner

I strongly disagree. Societies are not monolithic. Their "rules and morals" are never internally consistent. And often their norms move far away from their best ideas of what good behaviour should be; this is defended by elaborate rationalization.
Great reformers, such as Martin Luther and King, generally invoke the deeper ethics, the profoundest and most stable beliefs, and point out their incompatibility with common rules and practices. That's the difference between them and a sociopath: A sociopath acknowledges no rules, ethics or morality. A Martin Luther King challenges our hypocritical practices on the basis of their inconsistency with our broader notions of justice, ethics and morality. He or she exposes the inconsistencies we studiedly ignore.

Kellhus is not that kind of person. And indeed, Kellhus will use and manipulate the rules and practices of whatever society he finds himself in, for personal gain. Great reformers, to the contrary, generally risk loss and personal harm by the act of publicly repudiating such norms; they are willing to accept this precisely because of their ethical concern with matters beyond their personal advantage. view post


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