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  •  The Cons have their own vocabulary. (4+ / 0-)

    Nothing means what it seems.

    "takers" = people who take orders

    "makers" = people who make others do things

    Cons gossip--about other people. They do not refer to themselves for the simple reason that they are not aware of themselves. You know, it takes a while for babies to recognize themselves in a mirror or reflective glass. We now know that some people do not recognize other people's facial features; that some don't recognize themselves is entirely possible.
    Narcissus likely fell in love with his image because he did not recognize it as his own. Perhaps people need to own things, because they have no sense of owning themselves. They do not respect other people's privacy, because they have no sense of privacy themselves.

    Why do they have so much clout? Because we assume that their focus on other people is a sign that they care. They don't. They don't even care if they don't get what they claim to want. I suspect it's all just reflexive --"you say yes; I say no" etc. The interaction is what counts. They can't bear to be left out.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:19:20 AM PST

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