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Be afraid, be very afraid

Posted on: 21 August 2013

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Be afraid, be very afraid

The phrase “Be afraid, be very afraid”, is used to describe the decline of all leaders and the empires they build. Generally it is used with the intention of being funny and a warning of imminent danger. However, I use the phrase not with the intention of being funny but with the intention of warning Australian voters that, at the next election if they choose the wrong Prime Minister, not only is danger imminent but likely.

As for the phrase, it comes from the short poem “Ozymandias” by Shelley ,which paraphrases the inscription at the base of the statue, given by Diodorus Siculus in his Bibliotheca historica, as “King of Kings am I, Osymandias. If anyone would know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass one of my works.”

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders with no clear consensus regarding its diagnosis or treatment. Research on treatment effectiveness still focuses mainly on clinical approaches and case studies. Dissociative symptoms range from attention lapses, becoming distracted by something else and daydreaming, to pathological dissociative disorders. No systematic, empirically-supported definition of “dissociation” exists.

I am not a psychiatrist but of the two men I see on television news broadcasts who are in contention for the job of being Australia’s next Prime Minister, I am convinced one of them is suffering from DID and that if by any mischance he became Prime Minister, then he is even more dangerous to Australia’s future than in his first incarnation as Prime Minister. I won’t beat about the bush: the man I’m talking about is Kevin Rudd.

He displays all the traits of an Australian Ozymiandas who sees himself as leader and King. Indeed, which profession, other than politics, can offer them the same opportunity and which profession other than politics can give them virtually untrammeled power to control people’s lives and foist political fantasies on them and bring despair not joy.

Perhaps Tony Abbott the other Prime Ministerial contender also has traits of DID but if he has they are less obvious? It could be of course that perhaps every politician, regardless of party suffers from DID to some extent. Indeed, the more I think of it the more likely it seems. The problem for Mr Rudd is that he seems to have these traits in spades.

I know of a few narcissistic politicians who think themselves great philosophers, visionaries or great leaders. Some of them also think they are great orators or great actors although most are great hams and leads to the question: if you think a politician with just one of these traits is deluded what is a politician who when giving a performance (isn’t that always?) displays them all of and also adds what they think are meaningful gestures and what passes as sympathetic facial expressions that look more like grimaces.

Earlier in the piece I said that although DID is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders, there is no clear consensus with regard to its diagnosis or treatment.

However, when it comes to voting it seems to me that if we want to save Australia and also save Mr Rudd from himself and from leading the Labor Party into political Siberia, the best treatment we can give him is to turn him down at September’s election.

Do so and you will have no need to be afraid or be very afraid.

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1 Response to "Be afraid, be very afraid"

I think you are describing something closer to megalomania which surely is a politicians most common disorder.

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