Heroism and Mythomania

In the June edition of New English Review, the skeptical doctor recounts two infamous fraudsters of recent memory and elaborates on their selfish motivations and devious modus operandi.

It is small wonder, then, that in a cultural climate such as this, some people are willing and able to claim the status of victim even when what they suffered is only one of the inevitable inconveniences of having been born human. It is as if were prayed not for the Lord to make us strong but to make us fragile. Psychological fragility, of course, is romantic in a way in which strength of mind is not: it is the moral equivalent of the blood that romantic poets coughed up prior to dying early.

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