The Narcissist and George Conway

I’m not done with the whole George Conway, President Trump feud, because it is indicative of so much. Yesterday, I talked about the marriage and how Conway looks to have driven himself off a cliff of jealousy which has thrown him on a national stage of embarrassment. But today I’d like to talk about why he did it and how. As a smart ass, he looked up the definition of a narcissist and used it on Twitter to make a case for the sanity of President Trump, exhibiting that all the traits for such a person were present and that we should all reconsider supporting him as an office holder in the Executive Branch. Well, I share with President Trump those very same definitions, and I know the origins quite well of the word narcissist. But the emergence of that word to describe human conduct has been weaponized, not in favor of advancement, but of degradation. It is a term used by the losers of the world to explain away their failures and it is an easy way to know who is losing once it starts flowing from their mouths.

I do love myself, and President Trump is obviously of the same mind. Only I don’t see it as a problem at all, in fact, quite the opposite. When people use the term “Narcissist” they are unconsciously referring to the figure of Greek mythology, Narcissus (/nɑːrˈsɪsəs/; Ancient Greek: Νάρκισσος Nárkissos) who was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia known for his beauty. According to Tzetzes, he was a Laconian hunter who loved everything beautiful. Narcissus was proud, in that he disdained those who loved him, causing some to commit suicide to prove their unrelenting devotion to his striking beauty. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance or public perception. Eventually Narcissus fell in love with his own image and as many stories tell, killed himself because he could never obtain that image. It was only at the start of the progressive age, in the late 19th century when the word “narcissist” emerged to describe a condition of personal omnipotence in human interactions.

I view the word’s emergence into human culture as a direct response to Nietzsche’s overman concept from Thus Spoke Zarathustra and it was the academic who stretched back into the past to resurrect the Greek mythology as a way to explain away their own lack of ambition and sheer laziness, so that term emerged as a way to castigate the strong and ambitious so not to get too far out in front of the mundane. It was meant to be a psychological check against individual growth so to yield to the muddy masses of collectivism. Personally, I find the word disgusting. I think everyone should love themselves, maybe not to the degree that Narcissus did, but if people don’t love themselves and invest in their own ambitions, then what do they have to offer anybody else? When someone says to another person, “I love you,” what does that mean if the pronoun I is meaningless? If we say we love you, or love me for who I am, what we are doing is diminishing the world “love” by making it a passive observance rather than an active one. What we are doing is demanding that love lose its power and meaning to the whims of the lazy and unambitious which is a disgusting proposal.

From my earliest memories I have always wanted to be more than just a human. In my school days, I always wanted to be the fastest kid, so I could literally outrun all my classmates because I always had a yearning to be out in front of everyone eles. When I became a teenager and could drive, a condition that persists to this day, I drove excessively fast—everywhere. I do resent that some pinheaded fat slob of a politician decided that I was to drive my car to the speed limit of the weakest in our society. It has always been an issue with me, that on highways we are to be regulated to a speed determined by the weakest served as a metaphor for everything in life. I have never wanted to be just a fellow, I have always wanted to be out in front—as far in front as I can be. Jealous people of my ambition often called me a narcissist. Never to my face of course, but always on the periphery through passive aggressive invasion through the natural gossip chains of the stupid and intellectually crippled human beings flocking to their resident group mentality to hide from the trauma’s of their birth for which they never really get over even as a chain smoking 50 year old wondering where all the years went. I still drive fast for the same reasons, and in everything I do in life, I do it because I love it and I want to be as far away as possible from the limiting conditions of society that outpacing laziness has always been a tightly controlled sentiment to my core personality. President Trump obviously is of the same type and for the same reasons. It’s not his problem that those around him not so motivated throw aspersions in his direction to peel back the effects of his ambition. The problems are always with those who toss out the word “narcissist” to explain away their own lack of ambition.

I don’t think its possible for a person to love themselves too much. Loving oneself is the first step in gaining the ability to love others, so there can never be too much of it. Of course having an unhealthy relationship with excess can always be a problem, but if a person doesn’t love themselves, they can’t really love anybody else. This is essentially the problem that George Conway and many Republicans have these days, they have a political party that is mixed with all kinds of garbage, most of it they get from their churches where they have been taught that love is sacrifice not a gift that keeps on giving. So they see the renewable energy of President Trump and his over the top optimism as a detriment to the sacrifice that they value so much. But that sacrifice is more of a liberal sentiment which is why conservative behavior is split on the issue. Among the “never Trump” crowd is a thinly disguised attempt to hold all mankind to a sentiment of sacrifice rather than personal love of one’s role in the universe.

And I think we can all sympathize with people who look like an elephant’s ass who are naturally stupid, they are the first to fall toward the Christian sentiment of personal sacrifice and social welfare as a value system for all of society. Yet in studying history if there were one thing which indicated the end of a culture it is in the notion of sacrifice as opposed to growth. For those who love themselves, even if they are butt ugly to the rest of the world, but they love who they are and what they can do, the secret to success comes from a love that overflows into those surrounding that person. Not in placing a person on a cross, killing them then drinking their blood for all eternity. That is just stupid. It is those who love themselves and share that abundance of love with others that make the world a better place. The word narcissist was created to attempt to stop that tendency toward individual love and to chain mankind to the religions of the past rooted in sacrifice of the self to others. That is where many conservatives fail in their personal philosophies, for which George Conway has obviously fallen. What he is saying about President Trump when he calls him a narcissist is that he, George Conway does not have a mind for self-fulfillment and is still locked into a sentiment of sacrifice. Of course, his wife will pick the President and his ever fulfilling personal love over the fat little elf who is insisting that the world value sacrifice instead. Love me because you pity me is what George Conway is really saying to his wife who has found in working in the White House a bottomless pit of optimism and energy. Conway has lost his wife to his own lack of ambition, and his own lack of love for himself which of course gives nothing to her but excuses and shame.

Rich Hoffman

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