Sociopathic behaviour escalates (Society does nothing but encourage it...)

Here's a thought: driving an SUV is the equivalent of being the guy who pisses in the well because it's convenient at the moment. You are someone so concerned about your own trivial comforts, and so unconcerned with the welfare of society, the environment and those around you, that you will endanger, and ultimately degrade the life of everyone (including yourself).

Shouldn't we, as a society, be arresting such people and locking them in mental hospitals to protect ourselves from them? Sociopathic behaviour shouldn't be allowed to continue unchecked when it endangers others.

Oh, sure, maybe it's just that one of the bleepards almost ran me over this afternoon, but the basic argument stands. If you drive an SUV, you're the kind of person who should be sent for remedial humanity and common sense lessons.

Just a thought.


  1. Blake Winton

    Blake Winton on 06/23/2005 9:51 a.m. #

    I read a book recently on why Canada is probably as close to Utopia as we can get, and in it it mentioned that Prisioner's Dilemas were all over the place. One of the examples was people choosing to buy an SUV, where it's safer for you if you're the only person who owns one, but if everyone owns an SUV, then everyone is less safe than they were back when they all just owned cars. I'm pretty sure he didn't have a good solution for that particular case, although he was strongly in favour of Government intervention in other similar dilemas.<br />
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    I should probably insert a disclaimer here that says that I don't own a car, and would be very happy to see them banned from the downtown core. Say, everywhere South of Lawrence, East of Lansdowne, and West of Don Mills? (Delivery trucks, a few cabs, and TTC exempted, natch.)

  2. Bill

    Bill on 08/08/2007 4:38 p.m. #

    The KGB did this kind of thing with their psychiatric hospitals. Their rationale was, if you could not see the rightness of world socialism, then you needed intense psychiatric help. Of course most of the "help" they gave people was nothing more than torture.<br />
    You appear to fit right in with the KGB. Are there any other behaviours you feel should compel society to lock people up? Not flushing the commode afer use? Actually going public with statements like, "Global Warming is nonsense"? Maybe claiming that homosexuality is a disease?

  3. Mike Fletcher

    Mike Fletcher on 08/09/2007 12:04 a.m. #

    Hey, great example of an Associative Fallacy. Yes, it would be funny if someone were to use such a transparent argument as "some horrible society somewhere punished people horribly for doing things that were not socially harmful in our view, therefor no society should attempt to curb any harmful behaviour" to try to short circuit discussion.

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