The violence in Aleppo and around the world might be fueling a generation of psychopaths who can turn violent, recreating some of the problems in Aleppo elsewhere in the world. The picture is heartbreaking but also consider what that child has been exposed to? What kind of life might he lead? The “X-men” comic book’s primary villain, Magneto, and anti-hero is a man turned violent and extreme due to violence and injustice he saw as a child. It’s not a quantifiable argument but as the west becomes less apt to carry out violence it’s something to consider for the future. The barbarian hordes, after all, toppled Rome in the final blow.
If it’s not enough that we’re facing the humanitarian crisis of your time, it won’t end there. The Taliban and young fighters have lived and grown up in an intensely violent region. During a VICE episode it showed children who defend their village in battle with crewserved weapons in Afghanistan like resistance fighters in Mad Max 2. That’s a stark difference from the “microaggressions” and snap chats that our kids live with today. ISIL and the Taliban both have men who have grown up in hell. They’ve learned that the stronger man survives. They learned how to be violent and become psychopaths.
Disclaimer being a psychopath or possessing sociopathy just describes someone. It doesn’t absolve them from wrong-doing or condemn on principle. There are many of both in society who function and contribute. It has been labeled as an evil personality – but it is the critical factor and allows some to be the most violent in society.
In a TED talk, Jim Fallon dissects the new factors that create a ‘real psychopath’ and expresses concern that areas of turmoil and violence beget more violence via psychopaths. It has also allowed many to carry out incredibly powerful acts for good by being free of many emotions that shackle others. But in this case – in these war zones it might lead to more violence. Because there is also a profound lack of understanding and education. Not only to the events surrounding those in the zones but in a general sense. A warrior culture emerges in its place and religion the education.