Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky was fascinated by the criminal mind. In "Crime and Punishment" he explored the mental processes which drove Raskolnikov to commit a senseless murder.
Obviously, the protagonist of that novel did not share the moral norms of his society. Then, as now, murder is not okay. The author examines how any individual can embrace that state of mind.
Currently, we are grabbling with the same sort of issue. We are puzzled how the alleged serial sexual abusers could assume they had the right to impose themselves sexually on others (both females and males) and get away with it.
What keeps so many of us conforming to standard ethics and obeying the law is that we anticipate that we likely won't get away with it. At the very least, we will be shunned by society. At the worst, we will be imprisoned or even be sentenced to death. So, we play in the traditional sand box.
How did alleged sexual criminals decide that they had access to whatever goodies they lusted after at the time? And how were they able to delude themselves that there would be no punishment?
Their kind of mindset is what we need to see depicted in television fiction such as the programming for "Criminal Minds." They represent a fascinating phenomenon in mass insanity. It wasn't just one arrogant powerful man. Actually, there have been so many.
Meanwhile, we ordinary folks pay our bills on time, stay within the speed limit, and keep it under wraps that we have vivid sexual fantasies about our married colleague.
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