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“A Tale of Two Senator” John Kennedys: “Profiles in Courage,” 60 years apart Or, better stated: what does little ego-holism look like?

March 30, 2018

In 1958, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage was a best-selling book, written primarily by U.S. Senator John Kennedy (D-MA); it chronicled eight of his fellow senators who portrayed bravery and courage, even at the risk of popular criticisms and political party defiance.



In 2018, 60 years later, a different Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) profiled his own courage by defying his party’s leader, President Donald Trump, in criticizing aloud the President’s wish for the United States, the world’s premier military power, to host a military parade - held traditionally to celebrate a war-ending victory,


A military official from the once-confidential planning session cited, anonymously,“The marching orders were: ‘I want a parade like the one in France’.”


This Trump parade idea illustrates vividly little ego-holism. Ego-holism, the addiction to self, displays itself in attributes like arrogance, conceit and vanity (or big ego-holism) as well as in low-esteem and insecurity (little ego-holism); both ego-holism aspects drain equally the vitality of persons and organizations. And, its roots are transparent:


  • “I don’t think anyone believes this would be about trying to honor men and women who serve our country,” said Washington DC city councilman Charles Allen. “This would only be about feeding one man’s ego.”

  • Additionally, Allen tweeted, “Military parade down the streets of DC to feed an insecure man’s fragile ego?” And

  • “People will wonder, “Well, what are they afraid of now? What are they trying to prove?’’ cited DC congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. “We don’t have to show off to make a point.”


Democratic and Republican senators also joined Kennedy in criticizing the parade idea, according to wire reports, which cited Trump “wants an elaborate parade this year to rival the Bastille Day celebration in Paris, which made a distinct impression on him in July.”


  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness”; and

  • Dick Durbin (D-IL): a “fantastic waste of money.”


Q: in what ways are you wasting time, talent and monies to mask your insecurities and low-esteem (little ego-holism)?

“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:12, NKJV).

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