It seems that the writings that are on this blog often ask the question WHY. That may because it often boggles the mind that some people do things that they do. When one goes to extremes, what are they looking for? Is it fame, self-assurance, reaching for something they have never attained… the maximum…the supreme… to be the highly exceptional? The super ego may be the opposite of feeling worthless.
” Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and feel uncomfortable when they are not. While often lively, interesting and sometimes dramatic, they have difficulty when people are not focused exclusively on them”
Of course we are not saying that the people in these pictures all have personality disorders, but we hope they live long enough to prove this statement wrong The pictures inserted here may give us a clue to what a psychiatrist might say about someone who would put themselves in such danger. We know that the pictures of what they are doing always helps with the bragging rights.
We hear the word EXTREME used often in sports. One pushes to the edge…to be the very best. For a few, it is the moment, after all the months and years of hard work, to stand on the platform and receive the gold metal. It is a proud time to represent their country…to say, “I am the best.” It is also a way not only to fame, but to fortune.
Pushing ones self is not only in sports, but in music, drama or other activities. Doing nothing, but practicing hour after hour at the piano or another instrument with goals to reach the concert hall could be the motivation. If this is the love of one’s life and what they truly want to experience in life, then we may say, “Go for it!” There may be a price to pay. In anything extreme or in extreme dedication, the end may be one of regret. Why do we say this?
Look at the life of abstract artist, Jackson Pollock shown here, taking his art form to the extreme. His life consisted of laboring over huge canvases hour after hour for years. In the end, his life was one out of control…as often is with those who also choose substance abuse. He died when he drove his car under the influence of alcohol, killing himself and another passenger. The value of his art is worth more after his death than during his life time, which is usually the case.
This leads us to ask another question. In evaluating what we are doing and why, to whose glory are we doing what we do? Is it personal glory or recognition? Is it to satisfy that emptiness that is part of our soul? Is it for the glory of God? Is it a dedication to a meaningful life? All these questions can have ramifications with no definitive answer, but it is worth think it through.
Do you think because you are young that you have a full life ahead of you…and nothing terrible can touch you? If so, do you think it is worth taking the chance of not living the life that is before you?
We have read recently of famous stars that either overdosed because of extreme behavior or ran their sports car into a tree….shattering their potential for another day on this earth to share their God-given abilities. How tragic. Talent does not protect those who are willing to be extreme. How nice it would be if it did, but nothing does.
There will always be extremists. The world would probably be a lukewarm, ordinary, safer place if there were not. It probably took the extremists to bring civilization to where it is today…for good or for bad.