|The Lies of an Addict. The Lies of VD (and the rest of the puppies)
||[Jan. 4th, 2016|01:27 am]
scott_lynch wrote an article about how John C. Wright lied about Patrick Nielson Hayden abusing his wife at World Con. Of course, Wright could technically say that he swore at the woman when she came up to talk to him as he did apparently use the word bullshit and then ignored her until she got the hint and fucked off, but of course, in the mind of Wright this constitutes a blatant attack on femininity, the church and all that is good and holy (which he defines as his own interests). It was a great article and if you give a shit about the Puppies and their utter disregard for anything that doesn't fit their narrative, I'm sure you can find it here - http://scottlynch.us/blog/2016/01/01/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-lying-crazypants-liars-who-lie/ - and it's quite fun. He even read it at a party. |
Unfortunately, Vox Day responded. Which is not such an unfortunate event. That shithead responds to everything that has something to do with John C. Wright or the Hugos or Gamergate. The more unfortunate part of it is the fact that I read it.
Unlike Wright who talks in ponderous sanctimony as if he is Jesus being whipped repeatedly by the Pharisees whom he "loves and forgives" as long as they repent of their audacity to criticize him, VD is like an addict in his relation to anything resembling truth. Reading his attack on Lynch is sad. It comes down to "nuh-uh, it totally happened the way that Wright said it did" with all the standard attacks including the fact that unlike VD, Lynch is pretty open with his struggles with mental illness, an assertion that he has inside information about what happened even as he's not naming names, an accusation that PNH is the REAL manipulator of the Hugo awards, that ever popular rape accusation aimed at Scalzi stemming from when Scalzi wrote an article about how rapists must love the Republicans and their tactics (as in "as a rapist, I would like to thank the Republicans for their use of the term 'actual rape'" which is obvious facetious rhetoric but VD purposefully makes himself sound like a moron who doesn't get it).
The thing about it is that VD reminds me of those addicts that I've known from Mom's hoarding to ex-girlfriends to friends that I worry about - because addicts are ALWAYS lying. They are always talking about how their problem isn't that bad or how they haven't been drinking in months or how they are going to cut down. You might have hung out with them only a month ago and they outright said that they went home wasted and cried at a movie but the next time you hang out they are talking about how they have been COMPLETELY sober all that time. And they are so committed to their lies too. Confront them on their bullshit and they will outright contradict you. You see them stumbling home completely fucked up and you say that you saw them stumbling home and they will tell you that it NEVER HAPPENED even as they are accusing you of being presumptive because you aren't a social worker or a licensed psychologist (because you require an advanced degree to tell when someone has a problem). Hell, I knew one girl who outright said "Just because I drink every day doesn't mean that I'm an alcoholic" which is pretty much a textbook definition of alcoholism (also she had to drink wine to go to sleep).
And after dealing with this bullshit for any length of time you start to give into their demands to live their lives as fuckups. You wonder if they are telling the truth when you know they are lying. Hell, you wonder if they BELIEVE in their lies. Oh sure, they must know that they are puking their guts out a week ago IN FRONT OF YOU but if they say that they have completely sober ALL MONTH long maybe they forgot about it or maybe they didn't believe that they were drunk, or maybe (if you keep going and confront them further) they really did just have a flu and reacted badly to the SOFT DRINKS that they were drink all night - even if those soft drinks smelled like the blended Scotch that they always drink. On one hand, you want to keep trying to reach them. On the other hand, they have built up walls of deception around themselves so impenetrable that it makes no sense to even try. So just to keep your own sanity, you throw up your hands and hope for the best, hope that they will wake up or hope that they will be in a situation where they can't carry on their addictive behavior (for my mom that meant she moved to an assisted living facility and was forced to get rid of most of her stuff - sold quite a bit of it too). You try to ignore their blatant lies because you know you can't confront them - not without the dreaded Intervention. Hell, you even try to believe their lies about cutting back or not drinking that month or whatever.
That's what VD is doing but on a grander scale. He is lying. He is lying to eagerly and so enthusiastically that I have to wonder if he actually believes his lies. There are points where I think he is a manipulative fucker but there are other points where I have the even less comfortable thought and that is that he actually believes every piece of bullshit he puts out in the universe.
Of course, unlike my addict friends and relatives, I don't have to deal with the lies of VD. As tempting as it might be to check out his blog and his twitter feed in order to see what kind of shit he's spewing, I know what kind of shit he's spewing. And I know that he is lying. I doubt that he is in pain but I suspect that he believes his bullshit and that's a form of psychosis. And unlike my friends and relatives, I can think about a happy day when he has no one left to lie to and he dies alone and unloved. Just like his stupid dad who will die in prison.