It seems to me that again in the news we have an example of self-diagnosed patrician/plebian power imbalance and misuse of power. Reading between the lines Raab thinks that the plebs should suck up his “direct criticism” yet he himself cannot accept that he was perhaps overly assertive and throwing his weight about. If he is a karate black belt, he has not understood bushidō. He may dish out the “feedback” but he can’t hack it in return.
These entitled buffoons seem to think that the lowly plebs should not only lap up their omniscient “guidance” but also thank them and doff their caps for it.
“Thanks guvnor, I will hop to it as quick as… That is kind of you milord.”
This over assertion and “ordering” others about may be a legacy of serfdom or it could be a snowflake whingeing reaction, you take your pick. In my eyes Raab, is smug, pompous, and arrogant.
I have yet to meet a smug, pompous, and arrogant person who is sufficiently self-aware to know and accept that they are smug, pompous, and arrogant.
Such people feel entitled to inflict themselves on others.
I have joked elsewhere about what would happen if rich powerful professors were to interact with me a financially poor retired bumpkin. They might forget that I have not been a member of that elite club for nearly two decades….
They may lack the same self-awareness outlined above. The power imbalance may not even cross their enlightened minds.
Those that imagine themselves entitled to wield power and throw their weight about may be completely blind to the “power” imbalance and unable to see that they are not having like for like interactions. In their arrogance and ignorance, they might imagine that they have done nothing wrong, that it was thoroughly justified…
“It only it were not for those pesky plebs getting all uppity…grassing on me…
They won’t do what I say mummy…it is not fair…
I will have to resign because I pinkie promised.”
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