A curious figure, but with less to him than meets the eye. Arrogant, disagreeable, opinionated, irritable, possessing of a quick temper and a slow wit, this is an individual who since birth has been spoilt and endlessly indulged. As a result, he takes it personally when his audience does not hang on his every utterance, and is most perturbed when said audience has the temerity to consider him a fool. For, make no mistake, behind the bluster and the vocabulary, past the loquaciousness and grandiosity, there is only a simple-minded fool.
He is, by turns, cowardly and then aggressive, sycophantic then insulting, self-hating then superior, loud-mouthed then sullen, charming then dull. Most of all, and with much more consistency, he is lazy. Work is anathema to him, as is charity. Claiming to be motivated primarily by solidarity, his actions betray a total lack of anything of the sort. Simultaneously friendly but distant, he skirts the intricacies of social interaction.
Appearance-wise, he is changeable, however there are some regularities. Brush hair. Defined jaw. Black-rimmed glasses that he rarely cleans. A gaze at once piercing and soft. Average height, though occasionally seeming smaller e.g. hunched over as he often is when walking. He can be canny and yet naive, frustrating those who may wish to pigeonhole him.
The target continues to confound the understanding, examination and investigation of many of our most experienced experts, but he is not worthy of admiration. He is no enigma, no mystery to be unraveled. A confused complexity, perhaps, stumbling into either faux pas or step forward purely on account of fortune. By virtue of dumb luck, therefore, he manages to negotiate the public sphere.
This man is, when all is said and done, a strange case.
Solidarity, brothers & sisters…❅