"First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." -- Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part II, IV, ii
The modern lawyer is haunted not by guilt but by anxiety. He seeks not to inflict his own certainties on others but to find a meaning in life. Liberated from the superstitions of the past, he doubts even the reality of his own existence ... His sexual attitudes are permissive rather than puritanical, even though his emancipation from ancient taboos brings him no sexual peace.Fiercely competitive in his demand for approval and acclaim, he distrusts competition because he associates it unconsciously with an unbridled urge to destroy ... He (harbours) deeply antisocial impulses. He praises respect for rules and regulations in the secret belief that they do not apply to himself. Acquisitive in the sense that his cravings have no limits, he ... demands immediate gratification and lives in a state of restless, perpetually unsatisfied desire.The lawyers' pronounced lack of empathy, off-handed exploitativeness, grandiose fantasies and uncompromising sense of entitlement make him treat all people as though they were objects (he "objectifies" people). He regards others as either useful conduits for and sources of narcissistic supply (attention, adulation, etc.) -- or as extensions of himself. Similarly, serial killers often mutilate their victims and abscond with trophies -- usually, body parts. Some of them have been known to eat the organs they have ripped -- an act of merging with the dead and assimilating them through digestion. They treat their victims as some children do their rag dolls.Killing the victim -- often capturing him or her on film before the murder -- is a form of exerting unmitigated, absolute, and irreversible control over it. The serial killer aspires to "freeze time" in the still perfection that he has choreographed. The victim is motionless and defenseless. The killer attains long sought "object permanence". The victim is unlikely to run on the serial assassin, or vanish as earlier objects in the killer's life (e.g., his parents) have done.
Nothing is good or bad about being an attorney. Who you are determines your level of happiness in whatever you do.
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," as the White Queen says to Alice in "Through the Looking-Glass" was Jung's favourite quotes on Synchronicity.
When looking at how attorneys generally deal with third parties, you should divide them into Sharks, Rays and Bottom Feeders. Sharks are those attorneys that deal aggressively in most every circumstance, although not necessarily in an unpleasant fashion. Sharks are always on the prowl seeking to gain advantage in accordance with the law. While they operate within the bounds of the law, what they do is not always seen as fair. Rays are those attorneys that can be aggressive or docile depending on the circumstances. You are never quite sure whether the Ray is going to be aggressive or not. You have to be careful about unsuspectingly stepping on a Ray, thereby exciting them to the point where they want to sting you. They generally operate within the law and with a greater sense of fairness than their counterparts. Bottom Feeders are usually docile, but can be nasty little pains when they want to be. They are constantly moving in and out of shadows so you're never quite sure where they stand in any given situation. Bottom Feeders are self-centered creatures and would do just about anything to gain their next meal. Fairness is not a consideration and operating within the law is often an afterthought. You must always beware the Bottom Feeder, for you never know where it has been, whom it has been eating with and what it wants from you. While Sharks might seem the most dangerous of the bunch, they generally are not for those accustomed to handling them. When you recognize the Shark fin sticking up, you always know where you stand. You understand that you will continually be circled and sized up for a possible attack, but ultimately you know it is coming so you are always prepared. You know your strengths and weaknesses beforehand as well as those of your opponent. However, many attorneys hate dealing with Sharks because they feel threatened by them and are afraid they may be eaten alive in the process. You don't generally find Sharks in legal matters that don't have some form of opponent or adverse third party. You tend to find them in litigation, contract negotiations, business purchases, sales, mergers, spin-offs & other business dealings, financial lending, debt negotiation & bankruptcy, employment & labor issues as well as a whole host of other types of legal matters involving adversely interested parties. They love a good fight. Sharks are generally always Sharks. They find it extremely difficult to become Rays, but can sometimes turn into Bottom Feeders. Rays on the other hand are somewhat trickier to deal with than Sharks. Rays can be easy to get along with and extremely docile and friendly. At times they can also be extremely dangerous and aggressive. Therein lies the problem. Being aggressive with a Ray that wants to be friendly may get you nowhere or even worse, stung badly because you didn't play according to its rules. On the other hand, being friendly and unsuspectingly stepping on an aggressive Ray can also lead to undesirable results. Some Rays are docile, friendly and easy to deal with. Others are aggressive, but at times extremely friendly. The difficulty is that you are always trying to find the fine line between the dark side and the good side of this force known as the Ray. Bottom Feeders, I believe, are the most dangerous of the bunch. While they can be both aggressive and docile, there always seems to be a hidden agenda driving them forward. This agenda can be so overpowering that they lose all reason and bite when they should be friendly or attempt to seek your favor when they should be tearing you to pieces. The Bottom Feeder's agenda is usually dark, unseemly and sometimes even illegal. It can be driven by greed, the desire for power, money or position, ego, ill will, lust or just be mean spirited. Part of the problem is you just don't know what the agenda is for sure. Never turn your back on this creature, because they will sell you down the river the first chance they get. Usually when a better meal comes along.
Ed Gein claimed that by eating the corpses of women who looked like his deceased mother, he could preserve his mother's soul inside his body. He killed two women who bore passing resemblances to his mother, eating one and being apprehended while in the process of preparing the second woman's body for consumption. He also used the flesh of exhumed corpses to fashion a "woman suit" for himself so that he could "become" his mother, and carried on conversations with himself in a falsetto voice. After his arrest he was placed in a mental facility for the remainder of his life.
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