Bastard: A term used to describe someone who disregards other people in pursuit of their own self-interest. Usually includes the acts or act of lying, spreading mis-information, covering one's own ass at the expense of others, or employing other forms of bullshitting.


"It remains for the parents to try to buy the child's affection with presents.  So, in addition to being emotionally disconnected from human fellowship, the young narcissist, typically, is also spoiled and ready for an instant-gratification lifestyle."

"I've had colleagues like that at work," I exclaimed.  "Selfish, manipulative, and deceptive.  They force you to become hard as flint, or they'll take you down."

The lady agreed.  "Mainly, they prey on the weak: they have the mentality of bullies.  But you'd always have to be on your watch, that's true.

"Narcissists are like a new breed of people, and there are lots of them.  It's taken decades of reality game shows on TV to figure out what makes them tick and to devise methods to control them.  The business community needs to know both how to maximize sales to them and how to use them as employees.  If they aren't gainfully employed, they become formidable criminals.  Narcissists have to see an immediate benefit to themselves in every assignment at work.  Since they lack empathy and team spirit, they are unusable as managers, yet they can't be held back indefinitely or they become vicious.  That's why so many managerial posts are filled by robots these days: it gets the job done and makes it plain that the position isn't available to humans.

"The marriages of narcissists often break up: they only ask what they can get out of a relationship, not what they can put into it.  Divorcing a narcissist can be a traumatic experience: they're calculating and vindictive, and they're skilled and ruthless liars.  In the end, Big Brother has to watch them at all times."

"Was there ever any help in this matter from the nanorobots?" I asked.

"Nanorobots are used mainly to suppress individualistic traits and political dissent.  They also have a beneficial effect on problems that respond to psychotropic medications, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity.  But nanorobots can't do anything about narcissism because it's an organic anomaly due to an unnatural upbringing in infancy, and permanently programmed into your brain.

"Narcissism can be treated psychiatrically, but with much difficulty.  It certainly doesn't cure itself: the patient can't become aware that anything is wrong because he or she simply lacks the ability to experience emotional contact other than resentment.  We all know of old people who feel and act this way and who just seem to get worse with age."

Again I had learned something valuable, this time about bringing up children.  I promised my mentor and myself to do it right when it became my turn.