Miyako, my wife, thinks I am a narcissist. Am I? I thought a narcissist is a guy who tends to believe he is the greatest person on the earth. So do I think of myself that way? Yes…sometimes…well…often…OK all the time…so what!? If I in fact was the greatest person there is nothing wrong about thinking of and calling myself that way. Is there? IS THERE!!??
Oxford dictionary of English language (online) defines the word as “Excessive interest in or admiration of oneself.” Mmmm…Do I have that sort of interest?
A Dutch journalist named Joris Luyendijk says in his piece for the Prospect magazine;
“psychotherapists employ the concept of narcissism to describe people with an unstable sense of identity. Feelings of vulnerability, dependency and helplessness can overwhelm them and for this reason narcissists cling to notions of grandiosity”.
He seems to believe that the BREXIT Britain is a narcissist nation. What is he talking about? Read the not-so long essay and you will know.
Without knowing whether the the British (or the English) in general have narcissism in their national character, the “psychotherapists’ concept of narcissism” does ring me bells. Michael Gove contributed to the Spectator magazine a statement to express his enthusiasm for BREXIT;
“We are the world’s fifth largest economy, with the best armed forces of any nation, more Nobel Prizes than any European country and more world-leading universities than any European country…”
“Are we really too small, too weak and too powerless to make a success of self-rule?”
Nobody claims that Britain (or England, if he likes) is a small, weak and powerless country, but I had the impression that Gove suspects people do and cannot stop yelling, “I am not stupid, you are stupid!!”
Another example of narcissism is;
“I cannot allow myself to die until my Japan, which has been made a fool of by China, and seduced as a mistress by the United States, is able to stand up again as a stronger, more beautiful nation.”
This is what Shintaro Ishihara, a former Tokyo governor, was quoted as saying in a NY Times article. He is a typical narcissist with an “unstable sense of identity.” He tends to think that other people make fun of him unless he shows his self-worthiness. He behaves as if he is absolutely confident of himself despite that he always fears that others think he is idiot (which, I think, is partly true).
Am I a narcissist? I still don’t know…Do you!? Let me put aside the issue of narcissism. Who cares whether or not Jiro, a 75 year-old Japanese, is a narcissist, anyway!?
I was personally against BREXIT. I did not believe the country should leave the EU for the sake of their future (and for the better world). I am however beginning to change my feeling after I saw a copy of the Daily Mail’s front page about the recent court ruling on the parliamentary discussion of the BREXIT isssue.
I am beginning to feel that it might, after all, be better for Britain to leave EU: not for the sake of Britain but for the EU’s future. Do EU really need a country as their member where a rag like Daily Mail enjoys a huge popularity? Do EU need a country where an MP says in the twitter “Unelected judges calling the shots. This is precisely why we voted out. Power to the people!”
Is it possible for only England to leave? No? Pity!! Then I fear that Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales should first leave UK and join EU. The English, then, can sack those judges and go wherever they wish to…