I like the title. It could have become a mantra. By contrast, the content is rather fascistic. Disguised by ‘serious’ psychological research, the author, a former Special Force soldier, advances his argument that some psychopathic traits are tolerable, desirable even. The touch-stone in his opinion is what is good for society, and according to him society is synonymous to country, state, and government. And, he argues, this kind of psychopathy is a key to success.
At least, the latter claim is true but limited to the realm of that society in both space and time. It doesn’t take too much to understand that the victory of one party entails the defeat of the opponent. The perpetually cited example of good psychopathy (page 43) when showing no hesitation to kill an innocent civilian boy shepherding his goats to ensure the survival of a behind-the-enemy-lines patrol and the victory in a war. Of course this, killing is entirely differently interpreted by the boy’s countrymen and first of all his family.
I’d like to remember that this kind of “good” psychopathy might be short lived. The undoubtedly psychopathic German doctor Joseph Mengele, who conducted killing experiments on prisoners, pregnant women even, was an honored even successful doctor as long as German fascism existed, and he became a criminal prosecuted on an international level after WW2. In some respect this time limited success applies to the psychopath Hitler himself.
Societies, in particular criminal societies, are keen to create psychopaths as obedient slaves. Most of these psychopathic behavior traits are forcefully implanted during the inauguration process. It is known for instance, that Mafia newcomers have to kill an innocent victim to become a fully accepted member.
By historical progress, humanity has learned to deal with such criminal psychopaths. Mafia members are prosecuted and convicted by our legal system. After WW2, something new happened never seen in history before. The Nuremberg trials. Those trials raised the awareness that people might be responsible for their crime even if committed in the interest of a government. It is not a government or any other congregation of humans that defines morality. This belongs to an eternal power alone. It is just God to whom we are responsible at the end of the day.
I feel the book is so dangerous as it implants the idea that success in society the ultimate measure of good and evil. This opens the door of fascist ideology to penetrate.
By contrast Christian religion, teaches us that someone may even fail in society in pursuit of the interests of humanity. Jesus died not flinching from believing in God’s eternal superiority. Miraculously 2000 years later, millions of his countrymen taught us the same lesson: Governments are temporary and sometimes dangerously criminal.
In this sense the book rewinds the success humanity made by Christianity and the Nuremberg trials. I can but recommend it for studying purposes and sternly warn to absorb the ideology, to become a success obsessed psychopath.