There ought to be a word...
Posted by C
I think we all got a special thrill from Box Turtle Ben being brought down because he served as a stand-in for W, because of what he has in common with W: they are both liars, hypocrites. But it's more than that. It's that they both apparently have this idea that whatever they do is okay because they are special.
There ought to be a word for that. There ought to be a word for a person who
believes they are so special that the rules (or laws) that apply to others don't apply to them.
And I'm not talking about civil disobedience-- believing that unjust laws should not be obeyed. I'm talking about people who think they are the end, and that the end justifies the means. It's almost sociopathic, or messianic. And it's evidenced by a lack of remorse, an inability to ever admit wrong-doing or failure.
Raskolnikov, in Crime and Punishment
has this theory of the "exeptional individual" who is not bound by the laws of regular folks. But he comes around, eventually realizes the error of his ways, feels guilt for his crimes. W, and Ben, won't.
There ought to be a word for that.