Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Need To Feel Important

Luke Ford writes

On his radio show yesterday, Dennis Prager said he did not understand why people made malicious computer viruses. What’s the thrill?

I might be a bad person, because I immediately know the answer to this question.

Making viruses that hurt thousands of computers makes a person feel significant. He thinks, wow, I took down all these people.

It’s the same reason that people light forest fires, put poison in aspirin, and wreak general havoc. It’s the same reason Hitler and other leaders wanted to conquer the world — it makes you feel like a big shot.