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Integrity

Selfishness is starting to annoy me. As is idiocity. It's rampant. You see it in many places, but if it's not relating to someone you actually know, or from a celebrity, you never really hear about it. Two cases in point:

Latrell Spreewell makes $14.6 million a year to play basketball. Last week, in vying for a new contract, he said "I have to feed my family," and "Why should I try to help them win a chamionship? What have they done for me?" I think that giving someone $14.6M is enough to buy a few burgers for those starving kids, as well as provide plenty of incentive to help the team that's giving you that cash. Maybe my priorities are out of line here though.

Then we get Ron Artest who asked for a month off because he was too tired to play basketball because he had been so busy promoting his new rap music album. When a reporter asked about him "compromising the integrity of the team," Artest replied with (paraphrased long quote) "I haven't had a chance to ask my dad about that word yet; I dont have a dictionary; I dont know what that word means."

Obviously.

Not knowing the definition of a word is okay. I could live with that, but he clearly doesn't even have a sense of what it means. You may not have a clear definition either, but I trust you know it in your bones. You know it when you see it. These guys have no idea what the word means, mentally, emotionally, socially, not on any level.

This does not make these two, or other people like them, bad guys. They are just too narcissistic to see beyond themselves. Im sure we all know of people that fit this bill. Everything comes back to them, regardless of what the real issue is. Spreewell and Artest have everything that most of us could ever want. They are not content with it though.

This just pisses me off.

Comments (6)

Interesting you should mention narcissism.

What is Narcissism?

A pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one's self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition.

Most narcissists (75%) are men.

I'm theoretically from a narcissistic family system. I am looking forward to figuring out if it's one or both parents.

Not that it's all about me. :D

Here's a good link to the DSM-IV criteria for Narcissisc Personality Disorder:

http://www.psychnet-uk.com/clinical_psychology/criteria_personality_narcissistic.htm

jess:

Funny how people forget what it's like to have nothing.

Zero:

IMO that's the main problem with the NBA. A single Star Player can change the teams destiny and the Star players know it. Sure a Basketball team that uses teamwork will be a better team than one that does not, but it's been proven time and again that 1 or 2 star players will win you a championship.

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