Sunday, April 12, 2009

146 - When someone thinks they're better than you

I hate this, whether it means they think they're smarter, richer, kinder, fitter, faster, cooler, prettier, or more popular, courteous, verbose, moral, loyal, rational, adaptable, experienced, balanced, or correct. To think you're on a "higher level" is nothing short of arrogant; to advertise this exact self-image is just abhorrent.

Benjamin Franklin said: "To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness." People with a strong ego scoff
behind the authoritarians' backs, look down on, and patronize, their equals, and treat their subordinates like they're scum, or non-existent.

And it's most detestable when such conceit is observed in the people you love. I just... I don't even want to think about it anymore.


E_M_Y said...

i have a friend who thinks she's better in every way than every one else.

Madame DeFarge said...

Depends on how much evidence you have of your own superiority I suppose. I have abundant evidence of my own, but everyone keeps ignoring it. And I fail to live up to it, just to avoid making other people feel bad. Which is nice of me :)

Eugene said...

Oh yeah, I'm humble. I'm so humble I WON SO MANY AWARDS!

I'm so HUMBLE. I'm so HUMBLE. I'm so HUMBLE...

I AM, really!

...I'm so HUMBLE...

(humble, humble...)

E-Claire said...

"Like, girl, look at yourself. You work in McDonald's. Are you proud of that? Are you proud, of that?"

just sayin'..practise what you preach, perhaps?

Michael said...

E_M_Y: Why is she your friend?

Madame DeFarge: It is nice of you. :)

Eugene: lol, that only makes me think that repetitive humility can be quite annoying, too.

E-Claire: The way I see it is... thinking I'm more sensible is the core message of this whole blog. Hard not to be hypocritical.

Louise said...

Makes me want to slap the faces of those arrogant bastards so hard that their heads would rip off of their necks.


Harry said...

This won't work in reality, that is what I suppose.
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