Ancient Psychopaths: “How unnoble, ignoble, or innoble in reason”

Here is the post one of you all asked me to reblog. Thanks for the request. 🙂

The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Trail

The human mind is a wonderful thing. There nothing else quite like it. As the bard famously said, “How noble in reason” he elegantly cited exactly what the human mind is capable of:

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.” he goes further to distinguish humans. “the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

Norman Bates (from Psycho), Leatherface, (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Buffalo Bill (from Silence of the Lambs) are three of the most iconic fictional horror characters of all time. They’re all loosely based on one man: Ed Gein. I used Ed Gein in “Meeting Sam.”

I write a lot of historical fiction and in…

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About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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13 Responses to Ancient Psychopaths: “How unnoble, ignoble, or innoble in reason”

  1. Hello today as well thanks

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  2. Hello today I hope you are doing great as well

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  3. All we can do when questioned is give an analysis of our sense experiences regarding any issue at hand, there is no right or wrong, no absolute truth, we are still the beasts that claim to be otherwise.

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    • I agree we must question the analysis given of any society, but I’m talking about the basic of human nature. Our basic nature tells us what right and wrong. If it didn’t we wouldn’t have risen about the animals I firmly believe there is an universal knowing of the differences between right and wrong. Anything causing another person discomfort, harm, or pain all humans with the basic mental capability to reason know it is wrong. A two year old child can figure out it is wrong to hurt another person.

      The Bard said it all:

      What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.

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      • unfortunately how you said yourself in your article reality stands in contrast to that statement

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        • “unfortunately how you said yourself in your article reality stands in contrast to that statement.”

          I do not understand what you mean.

          I came to the conclusion that much of the senseless brutality and madness committed was laid at the altar of religious belief or superstitious beliefs…but I don’t buy that. I have never bought that. I firmly believe many of these people were psychopaths and sadists using the religious beliefs or superstitious beliefs to justify their actions.

          Man is not a beast and has never been a beast, humanity simply acts like one. Their base nature is much higher than that of the animals. Too many defense attorneys have used this argument to get killers released back into our society. This same argument has been used for the last five hundred years to justify some of the world’s worst atrocities.

          If everyone let their base nature out, roam as it please, then there would be no society. That was the whole point of my article. That ancient man was no different than we are today. They knew better than many of the things being done.

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          • We do not have to agree on everything nor do we need to be the harbinger of the truth.

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            • I agree we are not going to agree on everything. No two people will ever agree on everything.

              As far as within my ability I have done my best to be a harbinger of truth, even until the point of some not liking what I have to say. I don’t excuse even myself when things are not as they should be, let alone some people who lived thousands of years ago when I’m able to comprehend the reasoning of the human mind. It would unfair to myself and all humanity to excuse them, but yet hold modern man accountable for his actions.

              Twice in my life time, I’ve looked into the eyes of someone who later went on to commit murder. Looked into the eyes of killers. I didn’t know what their future was at the time I was looking at them but I saw evilness and the quest for power in their eyes. When you see it, one would be insane to ignore it, and just as it is and can be seen in modern man, I firmly believe it existed in ancient man.

              One young man I sat next to him in the store’s front seats, I watched him scanned the crowd. I noticed he was only looking at certain people in a very chilling way. This was during the summertime, by that following year he was on national news having shot up a bunch of people. There was clear reasoning in his eyes. He knew exactly what he was planning to do. That’s what made me move from beside him.

              Like Kym’s books said, something you learn not from books but from life.

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    • Brendan says:

      I went back and re-read the first post, sorry to say, but I have to disagree with you. The author was very consist in what he or she said. The author was outlining how manipulative many ancient cultures have been. How those in power were creating systems and structures that worked to their advantage, and even permitted them to victimize others in the name of whatever they saw fit. Whereas you said there was no right, no wrong, no truth. I have to tell you, you’re wrong, there is a right, a wrong and a truth. Don’t do anything to anyone you don’t want done to you. That’s what the author was saying. The Golden Rule is universal. You can’t have a peaceful civilization with it. Breaking it always leads to chaos.

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  4. Hadley says:

    Anyone can argue and defend the ancient psychopaths all you like, but some of the ancients were sadistic jerks just like some people are today.😓. There was no way they could have not known many of the things they did was wrong. Using extreme methods were power tripping and that was the only way to keep people under their feet. Make women their servants. These things were done to keep all the others under their control.

    On Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 10:54 AM

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