Ego and Embarrassment: Politicians' Behavior and Children With Messiah Complexes
Everyone remembers that one classmate. That one obnoxious little runt that could have a gun to his head and would SWEAR that he is the greatest thing to ever bless the school he stands on with his wit and intellectual humor. No one, no matter how much better a person they happen to be in reality, could ever force his hand to concede as a lesser being than they. Egomaniacs and self-righteous children litter the world everywhere. Its nothing unique to the United States, in that regard. However, the great states do harbor what seems to be a somewhat rare trait in their political system of today. That is, these children and their relatively toxic and self-centered mindsets now plague the political sphere of some importance indeed. The obvious retort from the standard person (which is to be expected! Because we all know our limits as standard people) "But honestly, do you really mean to say that Hillary and Donald are equivalent to an obnoxious high school student with too high a praise for himself? Surely they have some key differences? How else would they make it this far in politics?"
That's a very good point! There should be made a note regarding the fact that there are some key differences between said students and our current political leaders. The students, ultimately, don't get a platform! Instead they are met with ridicule and a stern look or two from their teachers when blessing their surroundings. Their attitudes may (almost certainly will) continue despite this. Such is the nature of one containing a large ego, in that criticism is always the fault of the jealous giver, never the receiver (unless said students are the one's giving it) But they will never have as much power as they believe they do. It's always in their heads. And we allow them to believe what they want, so long as they don't bother us with it (Which is a valid but generally sanguine hope).
Its only when, in times of great desperation for change, we give them our ears and promise our cooperation does the floor shift from a somewhat stable foundation to rather unsteady and crumbling floorboards, under which we see no reason to hope for a soft landing
Hillary begins her rounds. Slowly shuffling from the middle of the stage to one side of it, expressing an almost-elitist smile or two, and returning to her no-messing-about facial structure. She just used the words "equality" and "women" in the same sentence, resulting in a wild outburst of cheers from her followers. The female Clinton looks down to the floor and perks up a smile once more, followed by a sentence with the words "Trump" and "misogyny" in a single breath. An echo of "boos" made by a questionable audience follow the not-so-questionable statement, and Hillary begins another walk to the opposing end of the stage once more. Not forgetting to add an agreeable smile to show just how absolutely astonishing she finds Trump's candidacy (Just like you!). Her audience smiles along with her, amazed at how ignorant their political enemies are. But they feel at home, for they are surrounded by their own kind. Smiles and a feeling of just being better fill the air.
It's a democratic party, held at the popular lady's house. And only the smart boys and girls are invited.
Donald begins his rounds. Slowly shuffling from the middle of the stage to one side of it or the other, expressing a normal Joe shrug of the shoulders, palms outward, and returning to his no-messing-about facial structure. He just used the words "Jobs" and "return" in the same sentence, resulting in a wild outburst of cheers from his followers. The questionable trump looks down to the floor and perks up another shrug, followed by a smirk and sentence with the words "Hillary" and "crooked" in a single breath. An echo of "boos" made by a questionable audience follow the not-so-questionable statement, and Trump begins another walk to the opposing end of the stage once more. Not forgetting to add an agreeable smile and shake of the head to show just how absolutely astonishing he finds Hillary's candidacy (Just like you!). His audience smiles along with him, amazed at how ignorant their political enemies are. But they feel at home, for they are surrounded by their own kind. Smiles and a sense of just being better fill the air.
It's a republican party, held by the patriotic business man. And only the smart boys and girls are invited.
It would seem relatively apparent that the cure to such a primitive and tribal political climate would be to find a way to return a sense of self-awareness to society that often comes with the ability to feel some sort of embarrassment. Have you ever spoken with an atheist who says he or she KNOWS there is no god? What about a theist who says he or she KNOWS there IS a god? These are both examples of people who have lost their own grip on their limits as human beings. Who have, in some way or another, decided that their fallibility when it comes to something like mathematics or science doesn't apply to the question of a deity. A result of not being able to look at one's self and realize its own great and many imperfections. The worst product of such a fault, in many ways, is not being able to feel embarrassment for themselves. Embarrassment, as it happens, is the most consistent emotion in keeping one's self grounded and aware of how to improve upon our actions. On rare occasions there will be people to put others into a state of self-doubt for no other reason but for the fun of it. And that's a fault of them and one should learn to see when this might be happening. But for the most part, embarrassment serves as the best reminder of how to not act among others. Ideas and actions are all tailored and trimmed depending on how embarrassing or successful we seem when using them. It's a skill to be learned, using embarrassment properly. And it's a skill we as a society lack.
The remedy for such an illness remains unknown. It lies somewhere between making our children care about themselves in a loving mindset but also nurture a healthy skepticism in their own abilities and intellect as they move through life. Ultimately the chemist who perfects this equation will find that the variables are vast and rely on not any one person to fix it for society, but for society to fix it for everyone and themselves.
Until such a day, it would seem that we are stuck with the likes of Trump, Hillary, and everyone in between and below to follow.