Sunday, April 19, 2015
"Marathon winner loses race title because she never ran the race"
A Fox News article yesterday described how Kendall Schler faked winning the St. Louis marathon:
Kendall Schler is believed to have slipped onto the course on Sunday after the last checkpoint in an attempt to trick race officials into believing she ran the whole marathon.
Officials said that Schler failed to register any times on the 26.2 mile route, and that a review of the previous year’s marathon, where Schler registered a third place finish, also did not reveal any image of her on the course.
We've heard this story before, with Rosie Ruiz, who faked winning the Boston Marathon back in 1980. Ruiz was later arrested for embezzlement, and, subsequently, for cocaine dealing. As recently as 2000, she was still claiming to have run the entire Boston Marathon even though the proof against her having done so was overwhelming.
Schler, 26, is probably too young to have known of Ruiz. But they share the same personality disorder.
You really don't have to hear anything more about someone than that she faked winning a marathon to know that she is a sociopath. This one action encompasses so many different sociopathic traits that it is proof in itself.
First of all, it's completely dishonest.
Secondly, both women thought they could fool people when they couldn't -- a distinctly sociopathic belief.
Third, such a "victory" would rob other runners of their rightful glory -- but this wouldn't concern a sociopath in the least.
Fourth, one would have to lack any sense of shame or embarrassment in order to try such a stunt.
And fifth, it shows how sociopaths live in the present and are unconcerned about the future to an extent unimaginable to most. Sociopaths can actually enjoy themselves while dancing on the edge of disaster. (Otherwise, how could all those Ponzi Schemers revel in livin' large before they get arrested?)
Poets and philosophers tell us to seize the day, and not let life's treasures slip away. This is generally good advice. But at a certain level, sociopaths are the ultimate exemplars of that philosophy: they always live in the moment, the future be damned.
So, listen to the philosophers, but just don't carpe diem too much.