Apparently the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, is suffering from a midlife crisis that is causing him to cry everyday while drinking and eating excessively.
Quite why the newspaper has termed his condition as a ‘midlife crisis’ is quite beyond me because he is only 39. From my research, the midlife crisis is a term used for people over the age of 40.
It normally strikes between the ages of 40 to 60 and marks a period of reflection and introspection about the next phase in one’s life. But, let’s assume anyway that Kim Jong-Un is undergoing a midlife crisis or on the cusp of one for when he turns 40.
A midlife crisis, even at a mild level, is bad enough. The regrets, the insomnia that strikes because you are lying awake wondering what the next phase in life brings and, not to mention the binge eating.
Now, imagine if you were some sort of start raving lunatic leader whose midlife crisis is propelling you to stratospheric levels, elevating you ever close to the Devil’s lair in the skies. Doesn’t bear thinking about does it?
Most of us don’t go around ordering state sponsored killings on a whim or have a vastly overinflated sense of self. Most of us wouldn’t even want to do this. When morality veers offside, as it has with the North Korean leader, I wouldn’t refer to his condition as a midlife crisis.
I call it karma. What would you call it?