|Then President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Summer's ego is flaring with a vengeance in the southwestern U.S. Predictions are that we in Los Angeles will be seeing unusually high temperatures for the next ten days or so. Forecasters are saying that places like Las Vegas and Phoenix will be seeing temps in the 120 degree range. Not especially unique for those folks who live there, but damn hot any way you look at it. And summer of 2016 has barely begun. What does this bode for the upcoming months?
One thing we in the U.S. are facing is a heated political climate with an idiosyncratic presidential race ahead of us. The primaries were kindergarten stuff compared to what we might be seeing in the months ahead of us. Divisiveness of the parties and the nation as a whole may set tempers flaring and nasty words flying.
Plenty is said about the over-inflated ego of Donald Trump. No denying that the guy has a super big ego. What public figure doesn't? Bill and Hillary Clinton both have such humongous egos that one can only wonder how they can stand each other's company. The ego of Barack Obama shows an air of superiority that gives him a sense that he's talking down at us or lecturing us. Even the good out boy presidents like George W. Bush or Jimmy Carter are driven by ego otherwise they would have never made it as far as they did.
An egoistic Fidel Castro fueled a revolution to overthrow one dictator's grandiosity to replace it with his own bloated self-image that expected total allegiance or else from the citizens of his nation. Recently, the passing of Muhammad Ali reminded us of the swaggering young Cassius Clay who pronounced "I am the greatest" and charmed much of the public with his egotistical antics. By no means was I a fan of Ali, but I will admit I was amused by his early escapades before he changed his name and became what some feel was a traitor to his country.
We are entitled to our opinions just as we have a right to brand ourselves in whatever way we wish. Criticism can be expected when we put ourselves in the public eye, but when we attack another we are attacking ego and that is like going for the throat. Backlash can be expected from some while hurt might be the outcome for others. Even those with the most fragile egos will usually make some attempt to defend their pride, their image, and their sense of self-worth. My opinions reflect my own ego and when someone attacks my opinion, they are attacking a certain part of who I am.
Openness to discussing differences is a good thing as is amicable debate concerning why one party believes what they think is right. If we are open to listening to each other rather than jumping to the conclusion that we have the right answer and nobody can come up with a reasonable counter argument, we might end up learning more about others as well as ourselves. There are some points, especially those dealing with preference, where there is no right or wrong, but merely a difference of opinion. If I were dictator of the world, it might be assuaging to my ego for a while, but eventually that world would likely get pretty boring if everyone else were forced to share every opinion that I have.
This will be the last post in my "Love and Ego" series in the official sense, though this blog will always be some reflection of my own ego and a study of ego in general. And love will always make appearances here, especially in the many more songs of love that I have in waiting for future Battle of the Bands blog posts.
Love and ego are ever present with all of us. Just as the heat that scorches us here in Los Angeles affects the moods and attitudes of those of us who have to deal with feeling the burn (I'm talking climate here), love and ego will shape the directions we take in our lives and influence the way we treat others.
Between love and ego, do you think one force tends to overpower the other or do you feel there is a parity between the two? Do you feel that your ego is strong or do you tend be a relatively acquiescent person? Can you think of any politician without a strong ego? If so, explain why you think this.