Thoughts on Redi Tlhabi’s Book: Endings and Beginnings

2012-11-18 21:58

Edward Klein the notable former foreign affairs editor of Newsweek and editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine from the period 1977 to 1987 has recently wrote a book on Barack Obama that goes by the title of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House. The book was published in May 15, 2012 by Regnery Publishing. With The Amateur, Barack Obama in the White House Edward Klein claims to provide a deeper understanding of Barack Obama. He writes:

“During the past year and half I have interviewed nearly two hundred people, both inside and outside the White House. Many of these people have known Barack Obama for more than twenty years – from his earliest days in Chicago. Some of them were positive about Obama, others were negative, but the stories they told me had a remarkable consistency. Bound in dozens of four - inch three – ring notebooks, my transcribed notes run almost a thousand pages and tell the story of a man who is at the bottom temperamentally unsuited to be chief executive and commander in chief of the United States of America”.

And so Edward Klein goes on to describe, define and discuss Barack Obama throughout the book as a downright amateur based on these notes he made from the interviews. Edward Klein also has some strong reservations and concern about Barack Obama’s inflated ego. He laments the fact that Barack Obama even before he was 30 years old wrote an autobiography about himself. He claims that this is silly and a sign of a person with inflated ego. A person with an inflated ego is suffering from a god complex.

The notable Nigerian philosopher Dr Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh describes god complex as “a perverted extrapolation of a psychosocial imbalance. It is a metaphysic in which one creates an illusion about himself, and his role in society. Here, one elevates primeval egotism to the ontological level, seeing himself as a god to be served and worshipped by all other realities, which are only vassals, crafted to pander to his whims. This illusion is a grandiose emptiness, which attends the mind, as it gradually saunters into the provinces of self-destruction and insanity. This illusion of omnipotence licenses impunity”.

In many cases Edward Klein is wrong. He is wrong to criticize Barack Obama as suffering from a god complex just because he wrote his autobiography before he was even 30. If Edward Klein can look back in history he surely will find great people who done great mighty deeds at youngish age. Take for example Alexander the Great of Macedonia in ancient Greece; Alexander earned the epithet "the Great" due to his unparalleled success as a military commander in his twenties. He never lost a battle, despite typically being outnumbered. Take also for example Napoleon Bonaparte who became great military leader at the age of 21.

This defective attack of Edward Klein on Barack Obama was brought to my attention as I was confronted with the newly published autobiography of Redi Tlhabi, the young popular talk show host at 702 Talk Radio. The autobiography’s title is Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing.

My immediate reaction when I learnt about the book was that Redi Tlhabi has an inflated ego and she is suffering from a god complex because she is still young to can write an autobiography. But as I consider things long and hard I find that the book is worthwhile considering the role Redi plays in many people’s lives in this country. To many people Redi Tlhabi is an inspiration and her story will indeed go great lengths in aiding people about what makes her tick. The book sheds light in her values as she grew up as a young girl. The value she elucidates in the book seems to revolve around personal strength and personal courage. Those two attributes are valuable for success.

But you cannot have personal strength and courage if you lack confidence. That to me is an attribute that served as the driving force behind her at an early age and make her successful in her chosen career as talk show host. Back in 2005 I wrote a paper about confidence that was published by Cultivate Life! Magazine where I opined that, Confidence is the quality that we are looking for above all things else. In fact confidence is the magic key to happiness and inner fulfillment. Confidence is the foundation of success. It is the vital ingredient for any achievement.

Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing is of great personal help; it is essentially reflective and tackles personal struggles and delicate emotions openly and it suggests guidelines and personal strategies to deal with them.

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