Conor McGregor and the Titillation of Flashy Ego Displays
Celebrities Behaving Badly
Conor McGregor is a charismatic celebrity who is prone to bad behaviour. He recently rounded up a bunch of his mates and attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters in NYC. The mob broke one of the bus’s windows and caused injuries to some people on-board. McGregor is currently on probation for his crimes.
Attacking a bus and attempting to assault people is dickish behaviour by any standard. Conor McGregor has a giant ego, is prone to violence, breaks laws and hurts innocent people. And yet his fans still adore him!
Conor McGregor is a classic ‘charismatic asshole’.
‘Civilians’ Behaving Badly
It’s not only celebrities who behave badly and get away with it. Many mere lay people indulge in bad behaviour and get away with it due to their charisma.
Many lay people are ‘charismatic assholes’ also.
Do You Let Your Friends Off Too Lightly?
Do you have charismatic friends who are not actually very nice people? Are you in a friendship with a ‘Conor McGregor’; a fun person who’s actually kind of a dick? Do you have friends who behave badly but whom you let off because they’re fun? Do ‘charismatic assholes’ make good friends?
What Do You Look For in a Friend?
It’s not uncommon for charismatic people to be quite egotistical and self-centered. This can make them behave in selfish ways. This can result in them not being there for you when you need them.
Often the most loyal and decent people are not all that charismatic or fun. Loyal, dependable people can be less charismatic and risk-taking.
We Often Choose People Who Are Bad For Us
It can be tempting to choose to spend our time with people who are charismatic but not decent. It’s fun to hang out with charismatic people. So we are often willing to look past the less admirable traits of charismatic people.
Loyal Friends VS Charismatic Assholes
Certainly, many fun people are also good and loyal. But in many cases, a choice will need to be made. When faced with a choice between charisma and goodness, what will you choose?
What Trade-Offs Are You Willing To Make?
Life is all about trade-offs. We make trade-offs every day, with every single decision we make. And friendships are no different.
No person is perfect. And everybody that you choose to spend time with will be imperfect in some ways. Some people will be more fun than others. Some will be more loyal and supportive than others.
Neglecting Good Friends
Charisma can be extremely alluring. Spending your time with charismatic friends can be very tempting. But it is important to also make time for loyal friends who care about you and will be there for you.
Be sure not to neglect dependable and trustworthy old buddies just because a shiny new charismatic person has leaped into your life. It may be the case that the friendship with the charismatic person will be short-lived. And dependable old friends tend to stick around when times are tough.
Know What You Value Most
In the end, it is really down to each person’s unique preferences. What traits do you value most in a friend?
Are you looking for wild times with charismatic assholes like Conor McGregor? Or are you looking for dependability? You will sometimes find both qualities in the same person. But often you will need to make tough choices and trade-offs.