Again, there is no truth without love.
The report is pretty bare-bones as it is, so I will merely reproduce it rather than try to summarize. My comments appear at the end.
I have had many posts seeking to understand those who lie and believe lies:
The present report introduces categories I have never considered before. I want all people to be conscientious. “Low conscientiousness” describes people I’ve never conceived of, and I doubt I would want to be around them, even if they were merely subjects in a research study.
“Desire for chaos” is the limiting reactant.
From the description, it sounds like sociopathy.
Unlike the present researchers, I do not give such persons credit for seeing any goal to the chaos, unless it were sheer opportunism.
They seem to have malice toward everyone around them.
Based on what I’ve said in the past about truth and love, it need not be surprising that such persons lie and are drawn toward lies.
Unexamined in the present research is why there was such an explosion of fake news coincident with the Trump candidacy. It may have been as simple as Trump’s appeals to anger.
What am I do to? What are you to do?
I have no new insights.
I believe I have spoken about what to do, in the past.
The researchers do not mention by name, but implicitly touch on, the phenomenon of motivated reasoning. It will not likely be deterred by fact-checking, or by any other strategy I can think of that the social media platforms may be able to employ. To change motivated reasoning, one must change the motives.
That can’t be done by force.
When the time came for me to write this next passage, I ran into some sort of block. I have said the same thing many times, but apparently I myself am not yet “all in” with this perspective. I put the manuscript away, went to bed, and didn’t pick it up again for two days.
There can be a strong desire to change their minds, whether by persuasion or by force. This isn’t likely to work, especially if one fails to do what I here mention last, first. Certainly, if there is any hostility in one’s expressions, the audience will likely “turn off” or “tune out,” on the one hand; and, on the other hand, there is the risk that one will express untruths.
The next alternative is a desire at least to understand them, but thus far that goal has most certainly eluded me.
The final option is to merely love them as they are, without any desire that they change and without even a need to understand. Merely accept and love them as they are.
It may be that one’s own expressions, in words and deeds, and especially the outcomes of one’s words and deeds, may model for them, and give evidence, that there is a happier approach to life. But there are no guarantees. First and last, the task is to love them as they are.
Related: Just the person
A day or two after writing the above, it came to me: these people are malcontents. I will no doubt have more to say about that hereafter.