Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Nothing for a man to do but sit around and think."

For a Saturday post, I think a music video might be altogether fitting and proper. The song's a bit dark, you might say, but if you are interested in forensic psychology, you had ought to accustom yourself to examining the motives of apparently "motiveless malignity." [For the supreme example, read this.] This amateur video was made by an extraordinarily talented fan of the Violent Femmes, who warn us of the hazards of the contemplative life:

Contemplation doesn't always have to end badly, of course, as shown by the saga of Larry ("A man can't just sit around") Walters (except that it eventually did end badly, for Mr. Walters).

Finally, here's a friendly warning about your interest in forensic psychology:

He who fights monsters should take care that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

That's Friedrich Nietzsche, of course (Beyond Good and Evil, 1886, Aphorism 146). If you haven't had the pleasure of his company, this book can't be beat, for both selection and value. And if you liked the Femmes, this is their best album (1983):

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