I receive a lot of email thanking me for Monday Morning Memo (latest one is below) or offering other views. I try to respond to them all. The subscription list keeps growing, now past 15,000.
Yet, every so often, perhaps twice a year, the underbelly of society turns up. To give you a glimpse of how much hatred there is for others’ opinions, here’s a response received from someone who made what I felt were racist comments and who I said was free to disagree but didn’t have to let me know about it, and wasn’t listening to my response.
Of course, I’m not a psychologist, don’t live in the hinterlands (I didn’t think), but never mind the inaccuracies, just read the venom:
“I’m not listening to you? Of course not; are you crazy? As a PhD in Psychology you’re basically a magician with a degree. I’m sure your dissertation was done on something relating to your dog. That’s a subject you seem to be intimately familiar with. That’s scary. Are you an animal lover? Maybe that’s why you live out in the hinterlands, to be closer to nature. There must be a few sheep in the area that love you, especially during maple syrup season.
“You should stick to talking about subjects that you are familiar with, your car, your dog, taking cruises etc.
“Typically sociopaths like you want to foist their worst traits on other people. I’m not buying your bull; never have and never will. Take out the DSM 5 (if you can afford the new edition) it has has your picture next to Narcissist with a notation to also see Schmuck. You have been drinking too much of your own Kool-Aid.
“Frankly you are full of hot air; which is normal for a psychologist. You’ve got the zeros on the wrong side of the one. The other 10 people who subscribe to your weekly rant have it going straight to the spam folder, which is where all your mail to me now goes.
“Adios you old fart.”
This was sent by a David Malek, though he tried to disguise his email signature on this, of course. Isn’t it refreshing to be sane when you read this stuff? Of course, I’m a “sociopath” so what would I know?!