Eminence Front

There is an old song 

by Pete Townsend of the band, The Who.
It’s called Eminence Front.

The sun shines
And people forget
The spray flies as the speedboat glides
And people forget
Forget they’re hiding

The girls smile
And people forget
The snow packs as the skier tracks
People forget
Forget they’re hiding
Behind an eminence front

Eminence front, it’s a put on
It’s an eminence front
It’s an eminence front, it’s a put on

It’s a put on, it’s a put on, it’s a put on
Come and join the party
Dress to kill
Won’t you come and join the party
Dress to kill, dress to kill
Drinks flow
People forget
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
People forget
Forget they’re hiding
The news slows
People forget
Their shares crash, hopes are dashed
People forget…

Definition of Eminence Front:

Eminence” means a lofty or distinguished position, “Front” in this context means a facade, a false impression. So Eminence Front is about people putting on airs, pretending to be more then they are. 

We deal with this area of pride in many, many people.  It usually is referred to as the “false self”.  The one that we present to the public that everyone will “admit”, but no one will know. (Manning)

“When I was eight,” confesses Brennan Manning, “the impostor, or false self, was born as a defense against pain. The impostor within whispered, ‘Brennan, don’t ever be your real self anymore because nobody likes you as you are. Invent a new self that everybody will admire and nobody will know.’”  

“I had lived behind a mask watching people labor through life’s difficult circumstances with an empty compassion; never offering much grace. With a distorted myopic view of my present reality, I chose to see people going through the motions of life expecting sympathy without any hope of a new tomorrow. I had convinced myself that they followed some scripted destiny with hopeless desperation. My perspective was so distorted.

With self-righteous arrogance, I would judge people because of the reckless choices they made, always offering condemnation instead of my love. Over time, my inside reality became rooted with a deep contempt fueled at the expense of others. No one could have ever convinced me that my problems resulted from reckless choices I had made, as I silenced any criticism from others. I was about to look into the mirror and confront the real me. I never realized that the imposter was me. I was hiding behind an “Eminence Front.”


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