Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Islands of Self-Importance

Some people always seem unfair to others because their actions are always totally for their own betterment and not in any way for others. Such a person is really an island of their own self-importance. If we dare slight the most important person in their universe. Anything is acceptable to punish us.

Outright lies, insinuation, gossip, verbal abuse, or direct attack are only a few of the ways they will bring you down for daring to slight them. They have allies and behave much like a royal court in that they will have supplicants who seek to curry their favor or just for reflected glory.

Such people use their beauty, power, money, or intimidation to keep their royal court and heaven help anyone who falls out of favor. The punishment is at minimal banishment or can be far worse.

How sad.

When their basis for power has vanished what do they have to show for their lives. Just empty echo's of glory and admiration. Far better to have lived a life that is based on honesty to oneself, empowering relationships and genuine interest in helping others. The rewards are far more enduring and are not subject to the fickle hand of fate.

Your thoughts?

6 conversations:

paisley said...

Far better to have lived a life that is based on honesty to oneself, empowering relationships and genuine interest in helping others.

far better indeed... but since none of us is lucky enough to have been born on "fantasy island"... not always applicable....

some people formed a world that revolved around themselves for reasons we are not privy to... and far better is it that we try to understand,, than proclaim our own course superior......

Peter Haslam said...

Paisley the bridge from island to island is relationships and not superiority. It is just my perspective.

Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk said...

I agree with your sentiments, Peter. I also believe some professions are more prone than others to self-important people. I was lucky enough to be in science, where technical ability counted for more than status, as long as one stayed out of management. If you have a skill people need, you have a lot more freedom.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Reading this sounded just like you were talking about the people running the American government. That was my first blush.

Okay, I'll get down to my level. Yes, these folks are caustic. They eventually do something that discredits themselves, but often it takes way too long. They must hate themselves is what I've always thought. I try to distance myself from these folks. I so love kind, loving and positive people. Have a great evening Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

True enough Jean

Peter Haslam said...

Not necessarily hate Sandee but definetly either low esteem at one end and total blindness at the other