It's not just Silicon Valley though that rewards psychopathic behavior in this day and age where sanity is disappearing and the wheels are coming off a culture careening out of control into an abyss. "Psychopathic behavior willing to manipulate through deception" is an accurate description of many of those increasingly occupying positions of power and influence within the culture (i.e., political leaders, educators, journalists, etc.)
In his article here entitled "Age of the Psychopaths", Michael Colhaze links the operations of the power elite to an authoritarian culture, which the ordinary citizen willingly obeys.
"As Prof. Robert Hare coined it so simply yet fittingly: Serial killer psychopaths ruin families. Corporate psychopaths ruin societies.
Particularly if the latter have aligned themselves, due to bonds of blood and faith, with the political psychopaths, which means in fact that a whole country has fallen into the hands of men who normally would be locked away in a mental hospital. What is more, under the cover of an imaginary terrorist threat illegal laws have been promulgated that have curtailed the guaranteed democratic liberties. Crowned by the so-called NDAA, a Christmas present signed by the Neocon lackey, does the whole body signify a legal garrote that has turned the USA into a virtual police state."
Doug Casey theorizes here that sociopaths are leading the U.S. .....
"Conversely, statism and collectivism, by restricting liberty, tend to reward stupidity. Remember that political leaders are oriented toward controlling other people; they're clever about it, but they're basically stupid about the rest of reality. Nonetheless, their animal shrewdness is enough for them to gain and keep power over others. The immediate and direct consequences of that political power are gratifying for those who have it; the indirect and delayed consequences, however, are disastrous for everyone.
But wait. It sounds like stupidity is related to evil. Which it is. Stupidity is a signpost of evil. It's why it often takes a while, when things are going badly, to determine whether you're dealing with a knave or just a fool."
His observation that sociopaths tend to be"stupid about the rest of reality" and that stupidity is the "signpost of evil" ring true. Truth ultimately unmasks the house of cards built by psychopaths and sociopaths.
Some psychopathic leaders are immediately obvious to an unbiased observer (i.e., Hitler, Stalin, etc.) Much more dangerous though are the ones that masquerade as agents of righteousness. The most dangerous psychopath in all of creation is of course Satan who masquerades as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14). The coming antichrist will be not only the most deadly human psychopath in world history, but also the most widely acclaimed, accepted and revered (at least during the first part of his reign.) Only those firmly anchored in the Truth will not be deceived.
But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief (1 Thess 5:4)