Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lemon: A World of Neo-Narcissists

The debate on these and other pages related to an incredibly disgusting post on a so-called "progressive" website led me to a thought. Nasty little narcissist creep I thought.
Where does someone come up with such negative and hateful thoughts and self-conviction of correctness?
So I wondered a little more about how society could spawn such a creep.
Our society has changed dramatically in the last 40 years. I won't argue whether for better or worse, but I will postulate on a few of the reasons for some of this.
We prolonged the me generation into it's third iteration, expanded it with an economy created on want and ended up with a large, maybe even dominant, group within our society that is childlike in their narcissism.
Narcissism is the pattern of characteristics and behaviors which involve infatuation and obsession with one's self to the exclusion of others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition.
Think... Madonna, Britney, Al Gore, Suzuki, Lohan and almost every mug that has ever had their picture on TV. Or some of our favorite bloggers.
As well as Cindy Sheehan - Damian posted on this today.
Where does this excessive approach to self interest come from?
Ask Freud. He's dead.
Okay Goggle it. I'll save you the trouble.
Narcissism is caused by parenting - over or under indulgence of a child from the moment it starts noticing that it is part of a larger group.
Think for a moment of how parenting has changed; ease of divorce, both parents working and children raised by strangers. Is there any wonder why everyone wants to be on a reality show, save the world/dolphins/polar bears, force everybody to march for peace or reduce their carbon footprint?
Don't blame them. They were raised this way.

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