Can Nation-States Be Clinically Mentally Ill?

DSM-V criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

  1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  3. believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  4. requires excessive admiration
  5. has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  6. is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  7. lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  8. is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

I would like to suggest that the United States of America suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder on Axis 2 of the DSM. However, Axis 2 disorders are not really mental illnesses so much as they are sickness of character, of essence, of the very purest heart and soul of an individual. Axis 2 people aren’t crazy. Crazy like a fox, sure. Many Axis 2 disorders can only be seen on a moral spectrum. One can make an excellent argument that many Axis 2 types, especially the Cluster B’s, are more evil than crazy. In that case, then, America isn’t nuts, it’s evil. We’re beyond the help a physician can give. The only hope for cure lies with the doctors of the soul, the priests, the ministers, the philosophers and the teachers. A sick body can be cured. A sick mind can be cured, as it is part of the body. But how does one cure a sickness of the soul?

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