Shortcuts are offered. In flavors tailored to appeal to both men and women.

For men, books like The Laws of Power basically provide a pseudo-mystical-alpha-male warrior disguise for what, basically, is a manual on how to be an asshole. Hardly the first of that kind that we’ve seen.

The excuse offered to women to allow them the luxury of being assholes is that of Disney-Destiny-Fate-Plan-Esteem-Bubbles – the kind of dross packaged in The Secret – ideas both useless and corruptive –

All there to give you permission to feel that you’ve earned the comfort your own life provides and to ease your guilt regarding the poor bastards to whom your ‘miserable life’ is a charmed one, and to provide a framework for the sacrifice or abandonment of others.

Go figure.