How to Louse up a Daily Post Prompt
Daily Post Prompt: What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you?
Great prompt, for paranoid narcissists.
Or for people who want to make a list of personality types that they despise.
In Robert Burns’s poem “To a Louse” the poet takes us into a church, sitting behind a lady who he suspects *thinks* she looks great. He spots a louse climbing up her hat and he watches it, thrilled by the knowledge that the louse is no respecter of persons. The last stanza is in the form of a prayer asking for the ability to see ourselves as others see us, so as to free us from any airs and graces we may have dreamed up for ourselves.
O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An’ foolish notion.
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us
An’ ev’n Devotion!
So, Burns imagines that Jenny in the poem would hope that people would never say that she had lice. She had lice, though. He thought she thought she was better than others -and she was richer than others – but she had lice like the rest of them.
(I don’t have lice.)
Reputations are perhaps important – but the truth of the matter is more important.
So, I hope that people would only speak the truth about me – and it’s up to me to make sure that that truth is one I can live with.