- You are not a common Man/Woman. If you were, you wouldn't be sitting in Congress. Something or someone gave you the drive, the nurturing, the education, the money, the support, and the votes to put you there. As such, you lost contact with "the average man" a long, long time ago, so don't pretend to be one. We all know differently.
Given the above premise you, or more likely an aide who reports to you, needs to read your email and any blog that happens to mention your name. This is not the same as attending a coffee with some of your polite and courteous constituents where you are the featured event. You need to learn to listen to the constituents who may not be on their best behavior. You know who they are: The ones who scream swear words at the TV set and think you should be hung by your thumbs in the public square as a target for rotten tomatoes.
They may or may not be right, but they are the ones who pay your salary, send their sons and daughters to your wars, try to work for a living in such a way that will put food on the table and a roof over their head. and live with the results of the medical and educational system you design. It is unlikely that you or any of the other 535 members of the legislators have faced any of these situations without the funds and a support system to make things easier. You are the ones who get to enjoy the best education, medicine, and law that money can buy. Whatever your problems, you at least get to enjoy your misery in comfort.
So pay attention to the needs of your constituents before you consider your pocket book, your friends and associates, or the wishes of the powerful. There are more than enough maxims to heed if you want to stay in office and enjoy your comforts, and a little sincere humility is very definitely in order
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.” C. S. Lewis
"Pride sullies the noblest character." Claudianus
"The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation. " William Hutton
"Pride is the mask of one's own faults. " Proverb
"In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes." John Ruskin
"Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself." Benedict de Spinoza
"Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves." Emily Bronte
"Pride goeth before a fall." Proverbs