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American Narcissism

Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 6/5/2015, 8:20:01 AM by Kaslin

Greek mythology conjured the tale of Narcissus. The son of Cephissus, a river god, and Liriope, a nymph, Narcissus was renowned for his good looks and skills as a hunter. Narcissus was also renowned for his vanity.

He stared into a pool of water at his reflection and fell in love with it. Some said, knowing he would never love anything as beautiful as himself, he committed suicide. Others said he drowned. Still others said he stayed so long staring that the gods turned him into a flower that grows by the banks of rivers in Greece, the narcissus.

Bruce Jenner could not have debuted as a woman in the fashion he did without the cultural zeitgeist of our day falling into acute narcissism. A 65-year-old male Olympian does not conclude he is actually a woman named Caitlyn — the most popular name among 17-year-old girls in America today and also the name of his son’s girlfriend — without suffering a mental illness.

That the media herald him as finding his “authentic self” instead of recommending he find help suggests Jenner is not the only one with mental health issues. Popular culture has lost its mind. Further proof that narcissism is at play here is the most assured fact that Jenner never would have appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair as a woman prior to the age of Photoshop.

If an alcoholic claimed that living authentically means he must drink, no one sane would encourage him to drink more. If a pedophile claimed that sexual attraction to children was his authentic self, no one sane would encourage that. If a person decided to mutilate himself to feel normal, no sane person should encourage that.

So why on earth would any sane person celebrate or encourage anyone to have surgery to change their appearance from one sex to another? A boob job, plastic surgery and hormone therapy do not make an authentic self. Society has confused compassion and celebration. We should all show compassion for Jenner, who is clearly suffering, but we should not celebrate his mental illness. He needs prayer, not a party.

What is worse is that neither Vanity Fair nor ABC News really cares about Jenner. The former wants to sell magazines, and the latter wants ratings. On top of that, activists want further validation as they drive from the town square anyone who points out that this is not normal…………MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

via American Narcissism.

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