In a June 2007 interview with Men’s Health magazine, Carl Lewis explained how an unapologetically arrogant outlook was the key to his success:
I am full of myself. I was very, very arrogant. I think those are necessary qualities for every human being. It’s about knowing who you are and being confident. If you have to do a job well, you have to be full of yourself because you have to believe you are really good. Unfortunately, most people don’t believe they’re very good. Therefore, when they see somebody who says they believe in themselves, then they’re like, “Oh my goodness, he’s so full of himself.” I mean, how dare I say that I think I can win four gold medals, and then go ahead and do just that? That’s very arrogant. People take the word arrogant as negative. It’s not a negative word. Arrogance is a form of confidence.”
Arrogance is also a form of idiocy. It artificially inflates one’s sense of self, distorts key realities, and leads said arrogant individual to mistakenly believe that he or she is somehow “above the law,” or beyond abiding by the rules that constrain their constituents.
Arrogance is the reason why Carl Lewis thought he could run – and win – a state senate seat without meeting unambiguous constitutional residency requirements. Arrogance is also the motivating factor behind the South Jersey Democrat Machine’s efforts to recruit Lewis, much like they tried to insert a fake tea partier into last year’s Runyan-Adler congressional race.
And who can blame Lewis for being hopelessly deluded? He rarely loses. Almost everyone gives him special treatment because he’s an exceptionally gifted athlete.
But arrogance can’t change reality, Save Jerseyans. It only distorts it for a time. The reality is that Mr. Lewis is all too human.
And reality finally caught up with Mr. Lewis today.