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Great danger in putting the overconfident ones in positions of power

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To The Daily Sun,

Those who are near complete hopelessness see no way to a better life situation. Living becomes a drudgery. The pace of life around them drives them further into their gloomy interior. That is a dangerous place to be.

In contrast, those who are overconfident feel the need to seek new ways to dominate those around them. They are very proud. There is an aura about them that offends. People tend to let them have their way. Many do so in fear. Others do not challenge them because the effort would detract from their well balanced lives.

You may ask, where is he going with this study in contrast? I'm not sure I'm on target with what I have to present, but here goes. Those who are in the middle between the two extremes need to carry on our day-to-day existence. As we do, relationships with both ends of the emotional scales is very taxing. Some of the so-called well adjusted are pulled, reluctantly into the orbit of one or the other of the extremes. When the normal core gets too small, those hopeless ones are overpowered by those determined to be in charge because they perceive power the natural right of the overconfident. There is a great danger to all when we put the overconfident ones in positions of power in a democracy. We do so at the risk of being led by impulse rather than logic. A core of reasonable people must be willing to step up and shed a strong light on faulty decisions made to please the powerful, egotistical one. A pushy personality must never be allowed to cast reason aside.

Bill Dawson