Sunday, 6 August 2017

Egotism (August)

The Jesuit poet Peter Steele would open his Jonathan Swift lecture with Benito Mussolini: “I have eliminated in myself all egotisms.” Make Rome Great Again? Impossible. Ego is a balancing act, requiring neither too much nor too little. This August the world was told that Donald Trump told the Australian PM, “I’m the world’s greatest person.” This may’ve been a reality check for Malcolm Turnbull, whose ego is not without greatness, but serves to remind us of the adjective Swiftian. It was recently observed that Trump is the opposite of Franklin Roosevelt; he “speaks loudly and carries a tiny stick.”

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