The curse of Narcissus
( the origin of Narcissism )
In Greek mythology, Narcissus (/nɑːrˈsɪsəs/; Greek: Νάρκισσος, Nárkissos) was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia who was known for his beauty. He was the son of the river god Cephissus and nymph Liriope. He was proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus lost his will to live. He stared at his reflection until he died. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance or public perception.
!~ Warning….strong opinions below ~!
I think that narcissism is one of the biggest problems with our society in this day and age! “What’s in it for me?” ….”Just shut up, and do what I say!”….. “I really don’t care!” ….etc
These are all a result of living in this materialistic, capitalistic, dog-eat-dog world. A world were we have forgotten that we don’t need money to live, we need food, shelter, each other, and LOVE! There comes a time in everyone’s life where an unfortunate series of events knocks you right the fuck off of your high-horse! It hits your Ivory Tower with a wrecking ball, and you are forced to rely on the kindness of others to get through, and maybe even to just stay alive! If it hasn’t happened to you yet….don’t worry….it WILL!
We walk around at the center of our own universe with blinders on, and totally oblivious to the “Big Picture” that surrounds us. We don’t even notice the little girl crying with the bruises on her…..or the homeless Vietnam vet who goes hiding when the fireworks start on the 4th of July. Where is our compassion!? Are we all really so wrapped up in our own problems, that we just don’t give a fuck about anyone else?
A wise musician once wrote “All you need is love”, and I would like to believe that is true!
Don’t suffer Narcissus’s fate of losing your will to live!
Wake the fuck up, look around, and stop staring into your own reflection!
The world misses you…… 😉