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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:28 AM

65. The personality it takes to scratch to the top of the heap can make someone an egomaniac

I didn't read the full article, but did get to the business with (a) hating the USDA but (b) disparaging the quality of food allowed in canned chili. It's the core disconnect between most Republicans and reality. Reminds me of Craig Nelson's famous interview: "I was living on food stamps; did anyone help me?"

Sadly, most people who are driven to succeed--the thing that America is so great for rewarding--are so caught up in ego gratification that they lose their social conscience. Egomania is both rewarded & reinforced by success and a bulwark against self reflection when success doesn't arrive. And when one is truly at the top of the game, it becomes ever less likely that you'll have someone in the entourage who can pass along the reality checks.

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