Have you ever heard of a narcissistic cough drop? For example, Barack Obama is a narcissist, completely enamored with self-admiration. Our government (public) education system is prone to narcissism when US students believe they are the best in the world in mathematics, but finish 24th in international mathematics exams. But a narcissistic cough drop? Really?Yesterday I took a look at one of the cough drops from my bulging bag of Halls cherry cough drops. Each drop is wrapped in a little piece of paper, but until yesterday I hadn’t noticed that there are little sayings on these wrappers. A few of them are quite inspiring, like “Don’t waste a precious minute” or “Buckle down and push forth.” But most of the sayings are so narcissistic as to be laughable. Here goes!
“Put a little strut in it”
“Elicit a few “wows” today”
“Impress yourself today”
“Let’s hear your battle cry!”
I wonder who the Ph.D. in education was that served as a consultant to Halls in drafting up these cough drop idioms? It had to be some sort of highly-degreed education specialist because I don’t see too many folks strutting down the street hi-fiving themselves and yelling out their battle cry as if they were unstoppable.
I’ve gone off on this tangent before, but the fact is that there are darned few geniuses out there. DaVinci was a genius. Mozart was a genius. Einstein was a genius. The rest of us just do the best with what we’ve got. Today’s teachers tell their children, “You are special.” The fact is that while we may be truly loved by our family and friends, very few of us are truly exceptional. I know for darned sure that I’m not exceptional. The fact is that 99.999 percent of us are just folks with average intelligence who try our best to make a contribution to our family, our workplace, and our world.
Sometimes I wonder…really wonder….if Barack Obama uses Halls cough drops. But just to clarify my position about Halls cough drops, while I’m irritated by the narcissistic sayings on their cough drop wrappers, I’ll have to say that I do like Halls cough drops! I just have to be sure pop it in my mouth quickly and not read the wrappers!