July 13, 2004
Mirror, mirror, off the wall!
Their assessment of Moore?
In our book we explore the parallels between his behavior and an emotional illness known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder -- an illness which also features in totalitarian leaders. It combines an apparent, and I stress apparent, overblown ego with an inner self-loathing. Look at what Moore most loathes -- and he IS it. A very wealthy, white, American male. He is what he hates.How does one develop such a wholly self-aggrandizing form of narcissistic self hatred? Read the whole thing, but here's a summary:
All you really need is some self-contempt combined with the ignorant belief that there are no limits to human hope. Then when you start your social engineering experiment to purify the environment around you. . . .we know the end result.While Moore and his fans find Hardy and Clarke's criticisms intolerable, their book has been catapulted to the New York Times bestseller list -- in no small part thanks to bloggers:
Hardy: As far as the general population: our book just made the New York Times bestseller list, No. 9, first week it was available.I guess Moore is preaching mostly to his fellow narcissists.
It's troubling to see so many people apparently incapable of even a little genuine self reflection....
More on the disorder here.
And here is the classical condition which started it all. This is not said by way of endorsing Narcissus or narcissism, but merely to remind readers that Moore's disease was neither unknown to the ancients, nor admired by them.
posted by Eric on 07.13.04 at 03:53 PM
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