Sunday, February 14, 2010

Some people's conscious efforts to exhibit "glorified" qualities

This post is my personal observation, which I'm listing here without any substantiation.


For a few years now I've been observing something peculiar exhibited by select people. In situations where these individuals - who I'm not going to name here - are confronted with making a choice between
  1. A: Accepting the rules, involving no risk, but involving an immediate compromise
  2. B: Breaking the rules, involving some risk, but no immediate compromise
these individuals loudly declare something akin to "Why should we follow the rules? We should break the rules. Rules should not be followed...", and then choose B. I find this expression quite unnatural, and somewhat bogus too.

The above example is just one of a number of different situations in which I've observed some people making statements, which reflect their desire to indicate that they possess certain qualities that we all have come to consider as qualities of great men.

My explanation: Upon giving some thought, I've come up with an explanation for this type of behavior. Years and years of our reading and listening to tales of great men, and their character/qualities, has built an impression upon our minds that there are certain specific qualities which all of these great men possess, and that these qualities themselves are great. Qualities such as defying the norms/rules, being courageous, taking calculated risks, etc. And in their attempt to mimic those great men, when they're confronted with situations in which it's possible to exhibit some of these qualities, the select people I referred to earlier loudly declare these qualities as the reason for they choosing B over A. It's probably also an attempt to build an impression about oneself - among friends and colleagues - that the individual possesses great qualities - qualities that are rare, and are symbolic of great men.

While it cannot be denied that it's probably these qualities that led to, in part, the success of great men. However, it's my belief/hypothesis that men who're truly great don't go around trumpeting a bunch of qualities. Perhaps they're unaware that it's certain qualities in their character that are leading to their success. They just act is a specific way - which is rare - without consciously declaring that they're acting in that way. They're breaking rules, not because they already know that it's great to break rules, and that great men have historically broken rules, but because they're like that naturally.

Just a thought.

Update (16-May-10): Observed two other qualities that people usually try to display:
  1. Being upfront: "I'm upfront about how/what I feel...", is something many people emphatically claim
  2. Being transparent: "I'm inside what I'm outside...", is another statement that can be heard from many people (it's related to 'hypocrite')
Additionally, it's important to differentiate between:
  1. A person who really is a 'hypocrite', but doesn't claim that he is not
  2. A person who may or may not be a hypocrite, but nonetheless claims that he is not
This post is concerned with the latter type of people.

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