Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

August 10th, 2007at 10:50pm Posted by Eli

I’m not sure if this reflects more on Bush or on me, but Carolyn Hax’s advice column and online chat today seemed to be about more than just relationships…

People who feel generally good about themselves can handle a little bad. They can say, oops, I screwed up, I’m sorry, without it presenting a serious challenge to the value they place on themselves.

It’s different for people who doubt their own worth — or people who see their worth as dependent upon visibly outperforming others (who, if not in the same club as the former, certainly hold their parties under the same tent). Then the vulnerability that comes with admitting fault looms a lot larger, and so the resistance to it is greater. An unwavering, “It’s not me, it’s you,” plays like dominance, and that’s exactly the point. That’s what cornered animals do.

Hmm… That sounds kinda familiar.

And my God, how I wish more Democrats were like this:

I know that I am a good person with a strong moral compass and I don’t ever want to compromise that because I am afraid of people being angry with me. I’ve spent too long behaving “well” so that everyone will like me. My goal is to be okay with people not liking me.

Seriously guys, have you ever just tried “Doing the right thing” as a political strategy? Has anyone?

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans


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