From Orwell to Trump: When Does Egoism Become Narcissism? | Literary Hub
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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.

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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. 🙏💖

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16 thoughts on “Narcissism

  1. Thank you Aladdin for enlightening us with your fascinating dive into the dark, murky waters of Narcissism and Shadow (especially for those who deny that they too have an inner Trump just waiting to burst out!). I agree, it’s the masses who create the narcissist in the beginning not the individual … whether that happens in the family, community or on the world’s stage.

    Sadly, in my experience narcissism creates such a shocking blind spot for the personality that the person has no idea at all how they’re behaving in the world. It’s like they have no idea how controlling, selfish and self-absorbed they’re being … it’s all about them and no one else!

    Oh thank goodness for the myths … where would we be without them! And as for big noses, well all the better to sniff the narcissist out! Apparently the size and shape of your nose can tell a lot about your personality and future. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, fingers crossed the waiting is nearly over now! Love and light, Deborah

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    • Thank you, thank you, and thank you, my lovely better part. (I have taken you in my inner soul, for watching at me or at least being with me) I must add your comment on the top of my post. That is heart-overwhelming. Stay safe and tuned, finger-crossed, we shall overcome. 🤞💖😘
      PS; thank you for the pity for my nose 😂😅

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  2. What a thoughtful post with so much background to consider. In Indian Country, you are valued if you contribute and it’s WE and not ME. The most generous of people were chosen to be leaders since they would care for widows and orphans. We are in a world of narcissism and it’s not healthy.

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  3. Elaine Mansfield

    Our politicians and celebrities now look in the mirror of adoring fan’s faces instead of in clear water. They are addicted to being adored. I love that your mama adored and admired you. I think this is a mama’s job with her children because soon enough they will move on and out of the family into a harder world–but some get addicted to adoration, especially if they don’t get enough as children. I love the images of Narcissus painted by Waterhouse. (By the way, you are an extremely handsome man, so I’ll take your mom’s side in this discussion. I’m also a bit paralyzed and very exhausted this week with the ongoing election chaos here. I didn’t expect DT to make it easy, so I’m not surprised. Just weary and discouraged.)

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    • First, you have given such a good feeling with your compliment that makes my all weekend shining, thank you so much dearest Elaine 💖
      And about this election, I can only say even if Biden gets through (as it looks so, thank goodness) it will remain as a disgrace feature in the American history. I am also tried and exhausted. Take care my dear friend 💕 🙏

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