Few people today will remember how much Henry Kissinger's private life filled the pages of newspapers and magazines. Heck, I'd argue few people remember Kissinger at all.
Of course as Secretary of State he was one of the most powerful men way back in the days of Nixon and Ford. And while no one would suggest he had the looks of a Robert Redford or Paul Newman, Kissinger was quite the ladies man in his day.
The numerous articles written about his "nightlife" sojourns inevitably lead to discussions of what was jokingly referred to as his almost universal appeal to members of the opposite sex.
The general consensus seemed to be an acknowledgment that Kissinger was certainly a gentleman, good natured, funny and charming in private. But it was also the amount of power he wielded that seemed to act as an aphrodisiac.
I don't know that we'll see the power of foreign policy as much in the hands of a single White House lieutenant as we did in the 70s. And while some may have disagreed with Kissinger's take on world affairs, no one would ever argue that he was a smart cookie. And a confident one at that. The same might be said of John Travolta. Of course no Kissinger, Travolta recently shluffed off those pesky gay rumors during a recent interview.
When confronted by a reporter who asked if he was concerned about those rumors, he said "no" that what truly mattered was the quality of his work. And this could be true. But it was the tag to that comment that caught my attention. "I don't think anyone can hurt me," he finished.
Everyone loves confidence. But I begin to worry when one's self confidence becomes self absorption. Granted, spending any time thinking about this is probably spending too much time. But I can't help but wonder if Travolta's belief that he can't be hurt is a manifestation of life experience, or his religion, or both.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that comment. I could argue that it's a healthy way to look. He didn't say, after all, that "no one" can hurt him, he said he "didn't think" anyone could hurt him. So maybe he's just confident, maybe he believes he can weather any monumental obstacle that may cross his path.
But it was just an unusual comment, at the end of an interview that had him agreeing with Tom Cruise, and their religion, on the use of psychiatry and the drugs that some prescribe.
I don't know that there's anything to it. I just thought it was an interesting comment, and gave me a little bit more perspective of him.
I wonder if Henry Kissinger was a Scientologist?