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No. 150. Who do you want to be?

I recently returned from my usual Spring retreat in Wales. The subject was everyday narcissism; not the pathological narcissism that is scarily prevalent in the world these days, but the narcissism that expresses itself in the need that we all have to shore up our images in our daily lives. If you want to find someone without an outer covering that they choose to show the world, you need to look at a very small child. You will not find here any of the machinations, subtle or unsubtle, that the rest of us employ in order to feel ok about ourselves. In a small child you find innocence, love, a range of emotions that are freely expressed, and a delightful spontaneity that all too soon disappear