When “Center of the Universe” people argue

The closest we will ever get to watching the paradox of an unstoppable force meeting an unmoveable object is when two people who both believe they are the center of the universe cross paths.

We all know people who think that they are the center of the universe. They may be friends, family, co-workers, in-laws, teachers, or bosses. They may even be that annoying neighbor who doesn’t understand that the music needs to be shut off at midnight, or at minimum turned down to a level that doesn’t shake the house a quarter mile down the street.

These are the people who won’t clean their own table at a fast food restaurant (“Why should I? I don’t work here”). They are people that will call you and give you a chore instead of asking you for a favor (“I just bought a water pump, go pick it up for me”). Or, they believe that because they’ve employed you, you should be eternally grateful (Why go work a 2nd job, when you can work here after hours?”). All of these I’ve seen happen.

So I find it amazingly hilarious when I see that person meet their universe doppelganger. I actually expect that moment when both Jennifers meet themselves in Back to the Future 2 and fainted.


It always turns into a meaningless contest between the two, and to see who blinks first. The person who wins always speaks in terms of succeeding while the loser always talks about taking the higher road and just walking away.

Now, my confession:

When I see this happen, I get great joy out of it. I know this makes me a less than ideal person. But when I see this type of person get a taste of their own medicine, I feel like there has been some justice in the world.

Am I the only one?

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