Hello dear friends. The last days were of the most exciting days for us all through the election in the USA, and it might be a motive for me to write about this issue concerning Donald Trump.
I myself have had a problem with this; Narcissism, all through my life. As a child, I was very much prized by everyone, especially about my eyes, the family and friends uttered it permanently (not only my mother meant that!) But before I could build my ego on this, my nose in the time of puberty began to grow terribly bigger and it prevented me to look into the mirror. although it is known that famous genius have mostly big noses, but I could relinquish. I just missed the vows for my eyes and didn’t want the laugh about my nose.
Of course, I was not the only one, our father had it and also Al, but both of them have had also a big head and big face, that fits with the big nose, mine is not enough big to fit the nose. Now it is enough to talk about the noses, I just wanted to say that I have grown up in this way that I got used to having an egoless life without Narcissism. Even when I played in the theatre, I used my big nose with talent on mimics, to make the people laugh and it made me happy enough to fix my complex. Though, as I believe now that a little from both (Narcissism & Epoism) is needed to be successful in life. Nevertheless, the keyword is love.
First, I can begin with the creator of this subject; Narcissus; an instructive story by Greek Mythology;
Narcissus, in Greek mythology, the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. … He was distinguished for his beauty. According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book III, Narcissus’s mother was told by the blind seer Tiresias that he would have a long life, provided he never recognized himself.
It’s actually clear that his beauty and all the admiration by the youth around him, made him proud, too proud and I believe that there had already begun the “Egoism”. He had hurt many who felt in love with him. One of the youth’s most ardent admirers was Ameinius, but Narcissus merely sent him a sword to do away with himself, which he did. On dying, Ameinius cursed the object of his unbound affections and asked the gods to punish him. He had prayed to the gods to give Narcissus a lesson for all the pain he provoked. Narcissus walked by a pool of water and decided to drink some. He saw his reflection, became entranced by it, and killed himself because he could not have his object of desire.
(Mythology) here is a Mythological tell which I like so much.
Several versions of the myth have survived from ancient sources. The classic version is by Ovid, found in book 3 of his Metamorphoses (completed 8 AD); this is the story of Echo and Narcissus. One day Narcissus was walking in the woods when Echo, an Oread (mountain nymph) saw him, fell deeply in love, and followed him. Narcissus sensed he was being followed and shouted: “Who’s there?”. Echo repeated “Who’s there?” She eventually revealed her identity and attempted to embrace him. He stepped away and told her to leave him alone. She was heartbroken and spent the rest of her life in lonely glens until nothing but an echo sound remained of her. Nemesis (as an aspect of Aphrodite, the goddess of revenge, noticed this behaviour after learning the story and decided to punish Narcissus. Once, during the summer, he was getting thirsty after hunting, and the goddess lured him to a pool where he leaned upon the water and saw himself in the bloom of youth. Narcissus did not realize it was merely his own reflection and fell deeply in love with it as if it were somebody else. Unable to leave the allure of his image, he eventually realized that his love could not be reciprocated and he melted away from the fire of passion burning inside him, eventually turning into a gold and white flower.
As we read these all, we can recognize that Narcissus was made an egoist by his desirers. He had no idea about his beauty till he found it out by looking into the “clear” water. The people were enchanted by his beauty and yet, gave him the pride of being loved. You see; the “Narcissism” means today rather egoism; or idiotic self-lover, the narcissist had not seen itself in the mirror yet, and when it happened, he/she falls in love with ownself (foolishly) and might kill oneself!
But in reality, in our modern life, there are enough fools to help them to survive. They don’t look into the mirror, they stay being loved and enjoy the fools all around. One of them was the Shah of Persian; Muhammad Reza Pahlavi who came on power with the help of foreign force and has thought he’s the only one who could do the right things and nobody else, and there were enough beggars around to cheer him as a god. We know what happened at the end.
Another one is the (still) President of the US; Donald Trump. He was actually, as we might remember, not so brazen at the beginning, he even never expected to win in the 2016 Election, and now just look at him; he can’t even believe he maybe should get out of his post!
He surely knew his “Splendor” before he became President but now, with the help of millions of fans, feels like a god, or being sent as an angel! and It is the main problem; the Narcissism will be made by the mass; the fools. He doesn’t need to look into the water.
Honestly, I thought that I’d not post anything today because I could not concentrate my mind; this election makes me confused; I am not in the opinion that we need a Massias, Joe Biden is not the one who makes all better, but Trump had shown that he can just make everything worse. We must still wait.
Anyway, this disease as I may call it, is very common all in the world these days; in Germany is a loved issue as this famous adage; Schadenfreude (malicious joy), says all. But it is not only in Germany it is everywhere. We must be aware of it with the open-minded heart. 🙏💖