Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What is Arrogance?


What is Arrogance?

In the dictionary arrogance is defined as

An insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.
An attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions - Merriam Webster 

Arrogance can be a ruinous self defeating character defect, or it can be an ego boost. It has been used to defeat or quell ones fears. Arrogance can alienate one from his peers, or draw the like minded closer. This is a double edged sword, a paradox of sorts.
Isn’t pointing out ones arrogance, in its self arrogant? If pointing out the arrogance of others, are we not pointing at ourselves because we don’t like what we see in the mirror?  “When you point the finger at someone you have three pointing back at you”. Why is arrogance, good bad or indifferent so confusing. If you’re arrogant in a way that offends then you’re a pompous ass. If you’re arrogant in a way that helps you quell a fear, or gain a desire then you’re ambitious.
Can one be arrogant and still be humble?  or is humility an outdated concept.

My thought is that you have to have a little of both….. and you can still be a human being.
What are your thoughts on the paradox of arrogance

                                David Casabonne     07/08/2015                

 

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