I’ve seen a few cracked.com posts linked here, so I thought I’d share one that seemed particularly appropriate.
A more digestible form of some themes that pop up here from time to time.
A ?new? breed of narcissism with our projected identity at the center. Others pieces in the set work, characters in our narrative. All this driven by constant reinforcement from the media.
We insert ourselves into the role of “protagonist” when consuming media (that is, the main character, the center of the universe… not a spelunking archeologist or Tokyo drifter). The movie stops, but the delusion stays; and entitlement follows. The expectation that things will work out because you are you.
This leads to frustration when the goals of the protagonist (eg: success, absolution,love) aren’t obtained with a reasonable amount of effort or within a reasonable amount of time. Of course, neither the effort, time or expectations are reasonable.
Then anger, and rejection of the set pieces that don’t fit (I’m not a natural at guitar, so I’ll try another instrument; He/She doesn’t get me, I need someone who does; Things just aren’t right here, a fresh start in a new city will do me good).
Or something like that anyway.
What’s funny is that we can do all this despite the fact that 90% of us fall nicely in the center of that Bell Curve. Next time I feel like something should just go my way, I’m going to take a look at myself, look at those around me and then decide why I deserve it more than they do.
I can’t wait to see all the wonderful ways I’ll fool myself.