[LMB] All things are contained in Bujold...

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Wed Feb 12 13:40:52 GMT 2020

On Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:53:52 -0600, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>

>I don't know if Commander Cavilo would qualify as outright evil.  She
>struck me more as sociopathic.  To her, other people---whether it was
>Randall (the commander of her force before she usurped power), Miles,
>Gregor, her own soldiers---were objects to be manipulated for her amusement
>or gain.
>I've heard sociopathy described as like being color-blind.  Basically, they
>just lack empathy to a scale most people can't understand.  And not all
>sociopaths are serial killers.  Far from it.  Cavilo could have been a
>high-functioning sociopath all her life.

Like a lot of CEOs, apparently.  And politicians, likely.
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and
tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity wil
have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its
theories will hold water.  - John Gardner, "Excellence"

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