Why do the rich, famous and privileged seem to lose touch with reality?
John Galliano's anti-Semitic rant, Prince Andrew's choice of friends and Charlie Sheen's belief that the sex, drugs and rock and roll have left him undamaged suggest that these men believe that normal rules just don't apply.
And I'm not just talking about destructive tendencies - Angelina Jolie's habit of wafting beautifully around the world feeling the pain of the suffering, picking up children as she goes, suggests a heightened sense of her own beneficence.
In Greek mythology, Narcissus was punished for his pride; as he looked upon his reflection he fell in love with his own beauty, unable to leave his reflection, he rejecting all others and he wasted away to death.
Today we use narcissist to describe the person who is so wrapped up in their own needs that they have no capacity to care for others. It is easy to see how the people I mentioned, feted and celebrated by those around them come to accept that they are worthy of having their every need met and whim indulged. They come to believe if you like, their "own press" and to lose touch with reality - with their own ordinariness. And lets face it, for these people, being ordinary is terrifying, who will love, praise and look after them if they are just ordinary, if they are no longer special? And that's the pain of the narcissist; the belief that your own ordinariness, your own true self cannot be loved and must be hidden.
So, I hope that someone in John Galliano's entourage realises that it is not just a question of drying him out and keeping the drinks cabinet shut, but that there is likely to be a big bundle of pain and fear to face, and that's the hard part.