In one of the Greek myths, the exquisitely handsome hunter Narcissus, son of a river god and a water nymph, comes upon his reflection in a pond and falls hopelessly in love. Seeking to merge with this beautiful image of the Other, he falls in and drowns.

It’s easy to assume that extraordinarily attractive people are shallow narcissists. Everyone else is in awe of their beauty so they must be smitten, as well. We also expect that one day they will get their comeuppance – given how the news is littered with stories of the ‘ride that goeth before the fall’ among the beautiful, rich, and famously addicted.
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