Some got to win
some got to lose
Good time Charlie
got the blues…
Carlos Irwin Estévez at the moment is not singing the blues, for he is up now. Not down and out.
He has a new successful show. He plays a similar role: himself, a rascal, you got to love.
“Anger Management is Charlie Sheen doing what Charlie Sheen does—on-screen. It’s not artful, it’s not elegant … It will likely give his fans what they want. And if there are enough of them to trigger the order for the extra 90 episodes, then FX, Helford and everyone else will feel justified in taking another chance on the guy, despite what happened in the past.”
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
So are the words of John Newton, once an infidel and libertine by his own account; the words are the beginning stanza of Amazing Grace, a famous Christian hymn about redemption. Despite the libertine ways of his younger days, Newton changed his ways, and spent the last 43 years of his life preaching the gospel.
There are two meanings to the phrase Amazing Grace: 1) the forgiveness of God and 2) the ability of some people to show amazing gracefulness.
If you are familiar with the life of John Newton, and many other famous people, you will find a very interesting pattern of behavior. The behavior is characterized by youthful blind hedonism and selfish pursuit along with great success, followed by a form of self-induced failure, often slowly and spectacularly self-destructive, often hurting others along the way, and lastly switching to a cooperative, soulful individual, rejecting that original life style of blatant self-indulgence. This pattern, which I call the Amazing Grace pattern, is the well known “Sinner-Saint” pattern of life history.
This sinner-saint pattern is not the pattern of all Christian Saints, Mother Teresa being a good counterexample. Mother Teresa, a saint-like person who never sinned in any meaningful way, at least from an outside perspective, always exhibited her temperament: a Guardian. Her own self-perceived “sins,” are nothing compared to obvious libertine, carefree, hard-partying Artisans. On the other hand, the “sinner-saint,” amazing grace pattern can be seen in other walks of life, being seen in sectarian areas of life as well. Whether it be Lance Armstrong, Charlie Sheen, John McEnroe, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, you name them. Arrogant bad boys or bad girls growing up. Of course, there are plenty of examples of brilliant Artisans not “making it” and burning out with incredible self-destructiveness, such as Marilyn Monroe, Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison, or the simple fizzling and dissipating out as with Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, or Mickey Mantle. And lastly, there are also many in the throws of this process where we don’t know the ultimate outcome.
All Artisans share the following core characteristics:
- Artisans tend to be fun-loving, optimistic, realistic, and focused on the here and now.
- Artisans pride themselves on being unconventional, bold, and spontaneous.
- Artisans make playful mates, creative parents, and troubleshooting leaders.
- Artisans are excitable, trust their impulses, want to make a splash, seek stimulation, prize freedom, and dream of mastering action skills.
Promoting is the art of putting forward an enterprise and then of winning others to your side, persuading them have confidence in you and to go along with what you propose. Of all the Artisans, Promoters seem especially able to advertise or publicize their endeavors in this way, and to maneuver others in the direction they want them to go. In a sense, they are able to operate people with much the same skill as Crafters operate instruments, machines, vehicles, and other tools. It might be said that people are instruments in the hands of these Promoters, and that they play them artistically. [Please Understand Me II]
And of course, there were and are plenty of Stand Up Promoter Artisans like: Presidents Franklin D Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, John Hammond Jr., President Lyndon Johnson, Helen Gurley Brown, Marie Colvin.
But what about Good Time Charlie now that he isn’t singing the blues.
What does this pattern represent? Is it that these people change their temperament from “bad” Artisan to a “good” Guardian? Or does this represent a “bad” or immature Idealist changing to a “good Idealist.” The answer is no, this pattern represents a classic case of the talented Artisan growing up and learning how to use his or her Artisan talents and interests to good or morally sanctioned uses, with failure and learning along the way. The fall from greatness to the depths of self-destructiveness and back again is a familiar story the Artisan temperament style and truly a story of amazing grace. “Grace” being the watch word for the Artisan and “amazing” to characterize the brilliant ones. The extremes of this story show the Artisan at the best and their worst — like Robert Downey, Jr., Mickey Rourke, Tiger Woods, Pablo Picasso, and Lance Armstrong.
One can still maintain professional success, particularly in the arts and entertainment field, with self-destructive behavior (drugs, infidelity, poor diet, bad sleep habits, gambling, financial excess, excessive risk taking behavior) for a long time. For example, once you become skilled professionally in arts & entertainment, it is hard to screw up one’s skills with drugs initially, and sometimes it helps short-term (like in modern music). And in fact sometimes the skills of hiding personal problems can help the performance. However, the trappings of success (money, power, fame) make the serious lack of skills in the personal domain become much more obvious, partly because the star can have a screw-you attitude and the word gets out. In other words, typically a rich and arrogant jerk is more of a jerk than a poor jerk because he has a lot of professional capital to spend: there are an endless number of enablers and hangers-on because of the reflective glow of money, power, and fame. Its much easier to be a rich and arrogant jerk for a long time, because most people give the rich and famous a lot of slack. Besides, Artisans are experts on putting up a good show of it, when the need arises, because Artisans never lose their charm, and when they are desperate, they are especially desperately charming.
The question is: Charlie Sheen ever going to learn?
Some gotta win, some gotta lose
Good time Charlie’s got the blues
Good time Charlie’s got the blues
Good time Charlie’s gotta ????