Hobbit@Law

Looking carefully at that which is unseen.

Thinking about: Neurotic narcissists

In everyday speech, “narcissism” often means inflated self-importance, egotism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness. Applied to a social group, it is sometimes used to denote elitism or an indifference to the plight of others. In psychology, the term is used to describe both normal self-love and unhealthy self-absorption due to a disturbance in the sense of self. – Wikipedia

America is narcissist nation. In America, “it’s all about me.” But worse, Americans are neurotic about it – constantly fretting and worrying about whether the “me” is really all that important in the view of others, which is no small reason why those running the American State keep a constant eye on the globe for places to butt into, or areas where they can exercise the Ledeen Doctrine*. The American nation is a bully, though – notice that for all the feel-good talk of removing dictators, Kim Jong-Il is still sitting in Pyongyang because he’s got nukes and removing him would “get our hair a little mussed.” For that matter, the American State hasn’t really removed the Taliban, wiped out the drug cartels of Mexico and points south, eradicated poverty, or really done much of anything other than kill people and spend money. Which, admittedly, tends to be the two things that States get very very good at. The whole “formed to protect rights” is nowhere near as much fun as dropping high explosives on hapless schlubs a couple thousand miles away.

But back to the original point – it is unlikely that any time soon I will find a picture that captures the essence of typical American neurotic narcissism – at least at the individual level – than this one:

yeah, right

though I have to admit that the various ads for exercise machines, which are always being operated by people who don’t look like they need exercise machines – rather than blobs like myself – come close.

Yeah, sweetheart, pout and look dismayed because on a body that’s mostly skin and bones, you can’t get skinnier. I’m sure that everybody looking at Ms. Porky there can only see how obese she is, just like she can only see herself as obese. But after all, it’s not really about you – it’s about how you imagine others see you.

*Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.
– Michael Ledeen, holder of the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute

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