Catching up on some blog reading lately, I came across something that was so suffused with irony I can’t help but remark on it ... even though I have misgivings about doing so.
It’s a little piece I encountered Joel’s place; he linked to the original. For convenience, I’ll put it here, too (emphasis in original):
It takes a special kind of hubris to wake up one morning and decide that what this world is lacking is your visionary leadership, and an even more perfectly-distilled narcissism to think that if millions of people don't like you, the problem is with all of them.
This was offered as an observation of politicians and would–be politicans, and it certainly applies. However, reading it gave me an immediate and humbling flashback to my n00bie anarcho–capitalist days. I was certain that I had seen The Light, and my task was to bring as many others to It as possible. Of course frustration and burnout was the result; and I continue to see evidence that others who hope to spread the light of the freedom philosophy are following the same path.
And really, how much of a difference is it to many people to suspect that “millions of people don’t like you” versus “millions of people don’t like your ideas”? For so many of us, our egos are so deeply insinuated into our belief system that to question, challenge, or reject our ideas is a personal attack.
I guess I really don’t see that much difference between the office–seeking politician and the evangelical libertarian any more.