Shortly after publishing my last blog about the Power of Hubris, I was called out by a friend for being irresponsible. He said that by experimenting with hubris as a lifestyle, I was in effect encouraging foolish behaviour. Obviously, he needs to read the blog more.
Still, I have to admit he could be right – it doesn’t take much for hubris to go terribly awry. As David St. Hubbins said in the movie Spinal Tap, “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” Of course, for me to disturb the natural order of things with a single blog post would require me to have a big readership…well, a readership of any kind, really. Moreover, if you consider the recent high-profile miscues of these six geniuses, I think it’d be fair to say their examples serve as sufficient warning to others as to the dangers of hubris:
Rick Santorum. Poor Rick. The guy wants to run for president, but his last name also happens to be the word that describes the musky loam that drizzles out a stretched rectum following anal sex. It’s a pesky problem that might’ve stayed dormant like a herpes blister if Rick himself hadn’t started talking about it a few weeks ago, thus making it one of the biggest trending topics on Google. Of course, that in itself isn’t necessarily hubris – it’s just poor judgment. The real hubris is what he said to get his name to be forever associated with assfucking (perhaps not the best connotation if you’re in politics). In 2003, Santorum made some less-than-friendly comments about homosexuals. Now, if gay sex is not for you, that’s fine. It’s not for me, either. But comparing it to man-on-dog sex solely for the purpose of firing up your base is perhaps taking things too far. Rick’s rant made a lot of people angry, particularly the popular sex-advice columnist Dan Savage. In response to Santorum’s comments, Savage had his readership come up with definitions for the term “santorum”, something uniquely disgusting and sex-related. Then he had them Google-bomb the definition. The can was officially tied to Rick’s tail, and the result is many Repbulicans could feel queezy about picking him as their guy to run against Obama. It’s hubris in the most classical sense – hey, maybe to take attention away from the anal sex thing Rick can make this the new second definition for santorum?
Former US Congressman Chris Lee. Dear Chris: I want you to know that I get you, man, I really do: you’re successful, in great shape for ANY age (not just 46), and probably feeling trapped in a marriage that you need in order to stay electable. Now you’re all alone in DC, a fine example of manhood with no steady stream of tail to show for it, and even your wife’s tired old ass is probably starting to look good again. I feel you on this – every guy does. Where you lose me is how you get to thinking you could flirt on Craigslist of all places by taking a topless photo of yourself and e-mailing it and not get caught – for reals, dude! In this day and age, where the news cycle is 24 hours and the tabloid press is regularly trolling for dish on elected officials, that’s just…well, you know what that is. Maybe next time you should try AshleyMadison.com and keep it on the DL.