So they say that all sin is rooted in arrogance.
We get too big for our britches and think we can do whatever we want including stepping on others and defying our maker.
An interesting article in Harvard Business Review reminds us to beware of narcissism and hubris.
Narcissism is a character disorder where because of feelings of inadequancy from childhood, people have to self-promote themselves every which way toSunday--they are "insufferably self-centered."
Hubris is a reactive disorder where due to past success and accolades from others, we become overconfidant, until the luck changes "toppling from their pedestals" and shrinking their ego back down to size."
I like the reminders from HBR cautioning about these:
- "Have more than thou showest; speak less than thou knowest." - Shakespear
- "Humble pie should be the only dessert served."
It's one thing to have decent self-esteem anchored in your knowing right from wrong and acting accordingly, and it's another to think and act like you have all the answers--none of us do.
If your showing it off, it's likely a turn off. ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Jampa)