No man is great if he thinks he is. – 1 March 1929 Will Rogers
Vanity is a powerful force in us human beings. We all like to think that we are great in one aspect or another. After all, none of us want to go through life thinking we have not made at least a small dent in this world. Some are humble about their greatness. Gandhi and Mother Teresa immediately come to mind in that category. But for every humble person there are thousands who think they are greater than they are.
Thinking you are great when you aren’t is something that seems epidemic in Washington DC. It must be something in the water that creates that illusion. Anybody that has done any studying of our current political scene knows that 99.9% of what goes on there is about power and self-preceived greatness. I swear I just can’t understand how the Capital Building can even accommodate all those inflated egos without exploding.
But lets not limit inflated egos to the beltway. They are also massively prevalent in some of the more affluent parts of our society. Any guy who managed to find a niche that allowed him to make some money thinks the rest of us are idiots. Some of these folks believe because they made a few bucks that they are now great and can rule over the rest of us with their greatness. They tell their employees how they want them to vote. They keep wages low so that they can brag about all their ever accumulating wealth. They just love being a big fish, even in a small pond.
Thinking that you are great is something that all of us, me included, need to get over. God, who is the ultimate judge of greatness, loves that little baby who just died in Africa due to malnutrition just as much as any of the rest of us. When we thoroughly understand that then we just might able to achieve some small level of greatness.
Thanks Will for your words of wisdom….