Disturbing Examples of Human Behaviour

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Whilst driving through the Dromara Hills (NI/foreign country up north) the other evening, two cars in front of me were passing and collided, with large pieces of car coming off and landing on the road. Astonishingly, none of these drivers stopped immediately, and instead kept on driving. Eventually one of the drivers pulled over to the side of the road, whilst the other kept driving.

I raced after him/her, and when they seen I was catching up they stopped and waved me past, but not before I'd got their number plate. The country roads in the Dromara Hills region are quite narrow, and usually you have to slow down and give way to let the other driver past, or vice versa. The only reason I can think of why this collision occurred is that obstinate territorialism overrode common courtesy, and compelled both drivers to refuse to give way to the other.

I've experienced it on a number of occasions. Some drivers drive like maniacs, and obviously feel that they are more important and have right of way, because they're driving a 4x4/SUV/some other type of expensive status vehicle, or because their sense of self importance and egotism motivates them to drive with a sense of entitlement.

A more disturbing example of human behaviour which recently hit the headlines:

British banker accused of killing two prostitutes 'made one lick toilet bowl before slitting her throat' - Mirror Online

The human ego is an ugly monster, and many human social interactions feel like a power struggle and battle for control. Could that be it? Are we prepared to smash into other vehicles and ultimately commit murder so as to achieve a sense of power, dominance and control over others?

I'm more interested in disturbing examples of human behaviour which you've experienced personally.

What is it that motivates bad behaviour?
 


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I remember a guy telling me years ago about a Leonard Cohen song called 'The War' which is about how life boils down to a never-ending war between you and the other guy.

Everyone is fighting a war against someone else whether they realise it or not. Even going into the office for your day's work is some kind of low-level war between you and somebody else.

It's completely true. You have to fight every day.
 

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I remember a guy telling me years ago about a Leonard Cohen song called 'The War' which is about how life boils down to a never-ending war between you and the other guy.

Everyone is fighting a war against someone else whether they realise it or not. Even going into the office for your day's work is some kind of low-level war between you and somebody else.

It's completely true. You have to fight every day.
I've been saying it for years; its about power, dominance and control, with everyone, everywhere you go, all of the time. Even simple interactions, like when you go into a shop to purchase something can feel like a power struggle between you and the person serving.

Discovered this on the internet recently. This guy says it better than I ever could:

Misanthropy Is A Natural Reaction To People's Deplorable Behaviour. If you are an honest, decent person it's very difficult not to be a misanthrope. For me, misanthropy was not a choice, it was a simple, natural response to the way most people are, or at least seem to be. I've seen and experienced too much selfishness, egotism, narcissism, megalomania, phoniness, duplicity, nastiness and just pure downright evil in people for them to be even remotely likeable. And I don't use the term "evil" in the religious sense, but as an accurate descriptor of the malice which seems to reside within a great many people.

There just seems to be an excessive amount of corruption within people, and good natured people seem to be becoming increasingly hard to find. I'm not claiming to be an angel. I have my faults, inconsistencies and am far from perfect, but at my core I consider myself to be a good person (remember "good"?). I value truth, honesty and sincerity. I have zero tolerance for disingenuous people, and once I get a whiff of phoniness from another person I instinctively erect my protective barrier and block them out.

Everywhere I go I see anxiety and fear in people, and out of this fear comes a terrible hostility. People do not trust one another. There is too much selfishness, egotism, competitiveness and fear within people for them to ever fully empathise and happily get along. Most social interactions feel like a power struggle and a poorly disguised battle for control, with everyone wanting to be in control and dominate or humiliate the other person. I think human insecurity lies at the root of a lot of this, and whilst comprehensible, it's not pleasant to experience.

I avoid people as I don't like most of them, it's that simple. I have found it impossible to find anything likeable about most people and I do not enjoy interacting with them. Some people might think of me as "a weirdo" or "an oddball", I really couldn't care less. I would much rather be a loner and a recluse and be honest with myself and my feelings about other people than put on a façade and pretend to like people whilst feeling a very natural contempt for them.

There is nothing remotely wrong with misanthropy or misanthropes. Misanthropy has been defined as "a generalized dislike, distrust, disgust, contempt and hatred of the human species, human nature or society." As misanthropes we are people who have seen and experienced enough of the inherent sham and corruption within the human species and the society which humans have created; a society based upon selfishness, ruthlessness, duplicity and greed, to feel any admiration for humankind.

A misanthrope is someone who values selflessness, integrity and authenticity, and who rejects the corrupt nature of the human condition as it has become. Most people have allowed themselves to degenerate to such an extent that any positive attributes still remotely traceable within human nature have become imperceptible. The positives have been so greatly eroded by the beast which continues to ravage what little goodness which may still exist within humankind, so as to render them negligible and meaningless.

I am proud to call myself "a misanthrope", as I do not dislike people out of a gratuitous or misguided sense of malice, but from having experienced enough of the bastards to realise that, regrettably, you must protect yourself from most people if you wish to survive. That's a pretty damning indictment of the human species, but it comes from life experience, and it's just as valid and truthful as any rose-tinted view of human nature.

Having said all of this, I still believe in love, compassion and human kindness, and haven't given up hope entirely. I tread cautiously and curiously, hoping that the small element of "goodness" still to be found amidst the abundance of negative human qualities can once again grow and find strength, and that people shall begin to lose their selfishness, fear and highly competitive natures, and develop a desire to embrace a spirit of utilitarian co-operation; dispensing with the ruthless, individualistic, self defeating aggression of the past.

Misanthropes are the biggest disapprovers of humanity. Our disapproval comes from a very natural repulsion to all of the negative traits of human nature; characteristics which have proven impossible to appreciate, value or respect. For this reason I shall always be an outsider, a loner, a recluse and a misanthrope. I take no sense of moral superiority from this mode of being, just a deep sense of sadness, and a simple, self preservational desire to protect myself from my fellow man in his current condition.
Misanthropy Is A Natural Reaction To People's Deplorable Behaviour. : I Am a Misanthrope Story & Experience
 

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People that phone while yer masturbating are nearly as bad as the wans that don't answer while yer masturbating...
 

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Rots is still lapping at the milk of human kindness and cannot understand why some say he is childish and immature!:shock2: lol
 

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I've been saying it for years; its about power, dominance and control, with everyone, everywhere you go, all of the time. Even simple interactions, like when you go into a shop to purchase something can feel like a power struggle between you and the person serving.
It never ceases to amaze me how someone will start testing you from the minute you start a job in order to find some weakness and possibly to see if you're someone that can be taken advantage of or exploited in some way. A soft touch so to speak.

This 'shít testing' can start very subtly, like asking you to do something or agree to something or generally trying to exceed his/her authority. If you're a nice, agreeable person, you will generally do it and you've just failed to set your boundaries.

You have to be watchful for this shít testing all the time.
 

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Cheer up everyone, its a Bank Holiday weekend and even if in two weeks time, we have kids running wild on the streets with no schools open and a month of Fridays with little, or no Police :shock: its time to kick off and get you dancing shoes on.....:cool:

[video=youtube;ZorRGrDiMsA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZorRGrDiMsA[/video]
 

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It never ceases to amaze me how someone will start testing you from the minute you start a job in order to find some weakness and possibly to see if you're someone that can be taken advantage of or exploited in some way. A soft touch so to speak.

This 'shít testing' can start very subtly, like asking you to do something or agree to something or generally trying to exceed his/her authority. If you're a nice, agreeable person, you will generally do it and you've just failed to set your boundaries.

You have to be watchful for this shít testing all the time.
I know what you mean, but I know when it's happening to me, I just never know what to do about it!
 

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I know what you mean, but I know when it's happening to me, I just never know what to do about it!
I just refuse to agree or perform the request. That strategy resulted in the other person making a complaint about me to a superior but no action was taken against me.
 

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I know what you mean, but I know when it's happening to me, I just never know what to do about it!
Just spontaneously breaking in to a loud barking imitation has always worked for Rots to distract and confuse the ************************ tester....:rolleyes:
 

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I just refuse to agree or perform the request. That strategy resulted in the other person making a complaint about me to a superior but no action was taken against me.
Yer starting to sound like her indoors...
 


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