Well hell, I never imagined posting anything with such a title, but I find reason to do so now. Shrinkwrapped offered a discussion of narcissism after several of his readers referred him to a report on rising narcissism among college students. I agree with his basic observations about narcissism.
Once again, however, I do find it troubling that Shrinkwrapped seems barely able to examine any psychological phenomenon without attributing pathology to liberals, Arabs or both to illustrate his points. In comments on the societal dynamics of narcissism, he observes that Palestinians "have been taught they are special and held down by the "oppressive" Jews since 1948."
I would prefer not to comment on the obvious here, but I am taken aback again by Shrinkwrapped 's consistent failure to turn his analytic sights on all parties. His comments were so casual, so lacking in qualification and subtlety, that one might be tempted to characterize them as racist because he obliterates the individual and brands the race.
That said, I don't believe Shrinkwrapped is a racist. Rather, the constraints of a brief post in a non-academic forum limit the extent and subtlety of the exploration that is possible. I hope that I will be granted similar indulgence with respect to my own comments to follow.
I suspect that many educated Palestinians would find Shrinkwrapped's analysis galling considering that Palestinians are well aware of the notion of the Jews as God's chosen people who, in many instances, consider themselves entitled by historic victimization to a Jewish state with rights of citizenship resting not upon actual victimization or even geographic place of birth, but, in most cases, upon Jewish maternal lineage. Being one of the chosen people, with its attendant special entitlements, is not a designation based upon character or accomplishment; it is regarded as an intrinsic entitlement. To a Palestinian whose parents or grandparents were born and raised on land that they are not themselves entitled to occupy now, Jews who have claimed entitlement to that land might be percieved as harboring some very unreasonable feelings of specialness.