Friday, November 09, 2007

The Test of the Three Strainers

Via Amethyst at - du bout de la ma lorgnette americaine -

One day Somebody comes to find the philosopher and asks him:
- " Do you Know what I have just learned about your friend ?

- One moment, answered Socrate. Before you tell me, I would like you to take the test of the 3 strainers :

- The 3 strainers ?

- Yes, began Socrat. Before telling me all kinds of things about other people, it is wise to take time to filter what one wishes to say.

Read the rest. (The English version is beneath the French version.)

Show me a narcissist, and I will show you someone who is forever criticizing, ridiculing, making light of, finding fault with, and defaming others. The teeter totter game. It's how they pretend to make others lower than them.

And they just pretend they're too stupid to know that lowering others doesn't raise you one inch out of the gutter.

Unfortunately, I think the narc's answer to Socrates' final question reflects more on the bystanders than himself though: "Because the great majority of people aren't like you, Socrates. They eat up this shit like it's caviar."

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1 Comments:

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately, I think the narc's answer to Socrates' final question reflects more on the bystanders than himself though: "Because the great majority of people aren't like you, Socrates. They eat up this shit like it's caviar."

Just like that. Over time being out I am coming to hold the bystanders every bit as accountable for my abuse as the N. They knew, and they believed him despite the evidence to the contrary who did what to whom. I am not forgiving that.

You've really helped me in many ways to identify how what N's do is allowed to increase in intensity, and frequency because of what bystanders do and don't do. Lives are ruined and lost. This IS unforgivable.

 

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