Psychopaths. I'm not paranoid ... I've got proof! They're Everywhere! Beware the Psychopath, My Son wrote Clinton Callahan. The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. They have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination. The inventor of civilization — the first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers — was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that momentous discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over "normal" people in the struggle for power in civilizational hierarchies — especially military hierarchies. Now every day is Halloween and vampires walk in the daylight. And they seem to control everything. Boo.