Pride and bad counsel, these are the two most common themes I have come across in any tragic story or tale about the downfall of a person with power. So it seems to me that pride and bad counsel come along with power.
Powerful people, if not diligent to humble themselves, become very prideful. Why not, they look at all they have done, the power they have attainted and see themselves as special, above it all.
And with the power and pride comes the bad counsel.
You are powerful so people want to get close to you to share in that power and the earthly rewards it can bring. You are proud of yourself. You know you have all this power and everyone who wants to get close to you reminds you how powerful and wonderful you are.
If anyone actually has the balls to tell you just how wrong you may be or how full of yourself and full of shit you are, you don’t want to hear it. After all you’re in power, not them. Who are they to tell you you’ve got it wrong. And they are gone.
Now you’re left with people who just want of piece of what you have. They don’t care about you. They care about your power.
You are left with your pride and bad counsel.
You’ve become so full of yourself that you know you can do no wrong, and all of your “friends” and counselors aren’t going to tell you anything different. They want to be around for awhile.
Eventually God, or fate, or karma, whatever you want to call it, steps in.
Pride and bad counsel led to tragic results for King Creon. It cost him his son and his wife.
I started to think about all the other examples of pride and bad counsel leading to tragedy in both the literature and life, especially life.
Look at Elvis and Michael Jackson.
No one was going to tell them what they were doing was wrong. They might be kicked off the gravy train.
I see it in business as well.
Anyone give the leaders any kind of push back about decisions they made and they are gone.
What do they know? They don’t understand what I am trying to do. Yes I know it didn’t work for company XYZ but we’re smarter than everyone else. It will work for me because I’m in charge.
Next thing you know they’re sitting on the verge of bankruptcy wonder who to blame as their bad counsel scurries away like rats on a sinking ship.
Pride and bad counsel, all the makings of a tragedy, great for the playwright but not so great for the characters who live it.
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