Cut off your nose to spite your face?
After watching House of Cards in what can only be described as a bedroom coma over one long weekend, I was deeply enthralled and quite fascinated to be honest, in the way each and every person conducted themselves.
To get rid of a problem, they manipulate, lie, hurt and sometimes kill to ensure that their chain of deceit doesn’t come back to bite them, but inevitably it always does. Karma playing out right before our eyes on the screen is addictive.
Yet when we relay this to real life, I often see a toned down version of these events. In fact, the lead character Francis Underwood played by actor Kevin Spacey, is more similar than I would like to someone I know - without the murderous activities.
But what really got to me when I watched Season 1 and 2, was how many times the characters chose the wrong path- how they ‘cut off their nose despite their faces’ and how that played out afterwards.
Obviously this is a television show, and not real life, otherwise I think the whole cast would be in prison, but its the same traits of raw ambition and manipulation played out that has struck a chord with me.
So, where have you cut off your nose to spite your face? Have you let your ego get the better of you - when you were perfectly fine doing what you were doing? Does your decision making process often get affected by your own pride, only to the detriment of the outcome you are looking for?
We all can be accused of these things, but next time you choose to let ego, pride or plain stupidity get in the way - think twice. Cutting off your nose despite your face only ends in disaster.