[LMB] OT: Ranking Dads

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sat Oct 30 17:11:05 BST 2021


If someone, like Bothari, is overdependent on a dominant personality, a lot
depends on which dominant personality they attach themselves to.  My
impression of Charles Manson's followers is that,* sans* Manson, they'd
have been fairly harmless hippies.

On Sat, Oct 30, 2021 at 10:43 AM Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Eric Oppen speaks up for Bothari:
>
> > Given Bothari's mental problems, I'd say he did much better than could be
> > expected.
>
> Depends who is doing the expectation. To a large extent, it was the
> expectations of Cordelia that mattered - and because that so mattered to
> him, he was able to live up to a lot, overcoming his schizophrenia, even
> outwitting the doctors, and becoming a good man.
>
> And Cordelia, being from Beta Colony, had a lot of faither in
> medical/chemical interference in mental  health, even though she had
> ditched her therapist back in "Shards".
>
> So what would you have expected? That he would break conditioning, and
> revert to sadism, rape and murder? Or overdependence on a dominant
> personality like Ges Vorrutyer?
>
> namaste,
> Elizabeth
>
> Elizabeth Holden <azurite at azurite.ca>
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