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Interestingly, Webster's Ninth does not define "sociopath" other than to say that it is a relatively new (circa 1944) equivalent to "psychopath." A "psychopathic personality" (circa 1923) is defined as: "an emotionally and behaviorally disordered state characterized by clear perception of reality except for the individual's social and moral obligations and often by the pursuit of immediate personal gratification in criminal acts, drug addiction or sexual perversion."
The John Putnam I know doesn't fit the definition except for having a "clear perception of reality." I agree he is a passionate man ... I suffer from the same affliction if it is to be called one ... and our passions may lead us to speak out forcefully when a "correct perception of reality" conflicts with the blather, lies and disiinformation we are fed daily by our political leaders - local and national - and by their sycophants. He certainly does not pursue "immediate personal gratification in criminal acts" and has never performed one in his life to my knowledge. Nor do I know of any "drug addiction" or "sexual perversion" which is more than I can say for many of our leaders (local and national) who are eulogized after their deaths.
I met John at a gathering held in the Marco Community Bank meeting room to hear a presentation on the state of septic systems on Marco Island. I contended that septic systems were not the source of pollution on the island; John opposed me because he had given up on supporting "lost causes." Eventually, he changed his mind and we soon became friends. He gave me a book - "Boyd" by Robert Coram - that seriously affected my life and encouraged me to continue when it seemed I was pursuing a lost cause. I commend it to you. I also commend "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Both demonstrate that a single man of passion and ability can cut through the layers of pious piffle and insidious disinformation that we are daily being drowned in and restore sanity to our world. Do not misinterpret Rand's hero's vow: "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man or ask another man to live for the sake of mine" as the statement of an anti-social sociopath. This was the principle on which our country was founded and that made our country great. If agreeing with it makes one a "certified sociopath," I will be proud to list myself as one.
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