Sonny Boy
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Sonny Boy
20. 2. 2017

One doesn’t have to be an expert of Professor Höschl’s calibre to conclude that the psychological dispositions of various people may be completely different from one another. Each of us tackles life situations in a different way and takes a different approach to them. The problem arrives when our overblown ego no longer allows us to take an unbiased look at life and we start to believe that only our perspective is right. I don’t know if this diagnosis has a scientific name. What I know for sure is that it is primarily political leaders who suffer from this syndrome. Usually the principle of direct proportionality applies here – the more senior job a politician holds and the longer he is in such position, the more affected he grows. One doesn’t have to venture too far in the search of fitting examples. Suffice it to recall our presidents Miloš Zeman and Václav Klaus, whose self-centered complacency often makes them utter pronouncements that leave one gape with awe. It doesn’t matter if they are meant to provoke thought and people, or their authors really mean business. Hopefully, both gentlemen are now safely past their political prime, although we will have to put up with them for a while yet, in case of Mr Zeman.

One doesn’t have to be an expert of Professor Höschl’s calibre to conclude that the psychological dispositions of various people may be completely different from one another. Each of us tackles life situations in a different way and takes a different approach to them. The problem arrives when our overblown ego no longer allows us to take an unbiased look at life and we start to believe that only our perspective is right. I don’t know if this diagnosis has a scientific name. What I know for sure is that it is primarily political leaders who suffer from this syndrome. Usually the principle of direct proportionality applies here – the more senior job a politician holds and the longer he is in such position, the more affected he grows. One doesn’t have to venture too far in the search of fitting examples. Suffice it to recall our presidents Miloš Zeman and Václav Klaus, whose self-centered complacency often makes them utter pronouncements that leave one gape with awe. It doesn’t matter if they are meant to provoke thought and people, or their authors really mean business. Hopefully, both gentlemen are now safely past their political prime, although we will have to put up with them for a while yet, in case of Mr Zeman.

But in case of Mr Klaus, another problem comes to the fore. His son seems to be an ideological carbon copy of his father. To add insult to injury, its seems that Václav Jr. is planning a political comeback. He looks set and prepared to do anything to raise his public profile. Starting with miscellaneous essays and certainly not ending with disseminating obvious bits of disinformation (one must ask what’s become of the interior ministry’s centre for dispelling fake news) and truly base attacks on people not sharing his world outlook, which of course is the one and only truth. The truly promising future ODS leader’s latest blow went below the waist of the young Jakub Čech, whom the young Klaus branded a squeal, reveals the soul of a teacher who believes that young people have no right to speak out. Such train of thought should serve as a warning not only to those who would perhaps like to promote the president’s sonny boy to a political position, but also, more importantly, those who (perish the thought!) even contemplate electing him.

It is no secret that chess and cycling are among the hobbies of Mr Klaus Jr. If I classified people like he does, I would have to tell something like: “Mr Klaus, forget about cycling. You sit on the bike like a wasp on a piece of candy and your physical shape is so miserable you could suffer health problems.” But I won’t do it for three good reasons. First, it wouldn’t be fair for me, a former cyclist. Second, I don’t wish to lower myself to Václav Junior’s mental level. And, third, I believe in the benign healing power of cycling. It just might help Mr Klaus put his psychological act together.

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