Good Morning Usageasters,
When in the course of human events…oh sorry that’s already been taken.
Feeling somewhat patriotic given the Olympics and all, I wanted to reach out to those of you that got miffed when Kim Rhode missed one clay pigeon out of one hundred! Why do we even bother sending “Athletes” to the Olympics if we can’t get perfection? For me this was an outrage! C’mon Kim, did you lose focus? Were you thinking about your next meal? I can’t believe she had the audacity to weep on the podium wearing her gold medal and then stumble through the “Star Bangle Banner.” This was egregious after such a dismal performance! If perfection is unrealistic, then what is it all for? If I want to watch ineptness and listen to ‘poopy-pants’ commentary, I’ll find a seat at Blondie’s… just sayin…
Seeking perfection is always a slippery slope because some people think they’re perfect or at worse slightly flawed. I don’t think you can have it both ways can you? The term “slightly flawed” sounds good but emphasizes ‘flawed’ all but admitting to non-perfection. Either you are or are not perfect; as simple as that. Christians are quick to point out Jesus Christ was the only perfect mortal to grace this rock, yet some people will freely admit to being flawed but love to portray themselves as perfect. I highly suspect this a form of blasphemy. These boneheads can be found in nearly every walk of life and profession. The late Richard Nixon who was the leader of the ‘free world’ was a prime example of this as history has proved him to be significantly “flawed” Doesn’t matter what you do for a living, these seriously deluded people will always reveal this part of their personality; they just can’t help it.
“I know more than you, therefore superior to you, giving me permission to direct and/or mock your life” says the would-be ‘perfect’ Doctor, teacher, banker, lawyer, engineer, or bus driver. There’s not a formal psychiatric term for this but is commonly referred to as having a “God Complex.” As defined by Wikipedia, “A god complex is an unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of error or failure, even in the face of complex or intractable problems or difficult or impossible tasks, or may regard personal opinions as unquestionably correct. Also the individual may disregard the rules of society and require special consideration or privileges.” Know anyone like that?
One of our own has fallen into a ‘God Complex’ and can’t get it up. I was shocked to discover they no longer see anyone face to face, and dispenses highly sought after advice from a “Magic Eight Ball.” This is a major departure from the normal listing of pros and cons so thoughtfully laid out and discussed. Instead, you’re asked to put a dollar with a sticky note asking a question and slip it under the door. Five minutes later the answer is slid back under the door all without discussion. When I finally caught up with this person I asked why the one on one was replaced by non-verbal magic eight ball answers (20 possible). Reaching into a pocket without saying a word, a business card was pulled and placed next to my drink then immediately left in a huff. I picked up the card which read: “Reply hazy, try again” They actually billed me for that!