The Great and Powerful Hubris

HUBRIS

Extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power. It is often associated with a lack of humility, though not always with the lack of knowledge.

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Behold the mighty hubris. See how it stands; Proud and defiant. The very image of strength and determination. It matters not to this magnificent creature whether it stands for truth, justice or common sense. It just matters that it stands.

Look, if you dare, at it’s mighty muscles. Watch it flex. See and believe. That is all that is required…for now.

Hear it roar. Listen to it defy all reason.  Proud it stands, full of hot air so much so it could heat up the globe for 1000 years.  Do you hear the call to arms; the march to war?  Do you hear it justify it’s existence?  It is the great and powerful hubris in action.

Do not question. Do not think for yourself. This powerful one frowns upon that. See how shiny it is and strong. It must know everything that is needed to be known.  There is no need to think. It will think for you. All that is needed is awe…and obedience.

Obey me it bellows.

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“And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains.
Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
― Percy Bysshe ShelleyOzymandias

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We have seen much of this. Too much and it is not just the one inflicted who suffers from its fallout, it’s all of us. The whole world. We are connected and ever more so as our world becomes smaller due to our electronic communications. I myself have been communicating with others from all over the world. The internet has made this possible.

The internet has also made it more difficult to cover over and hide the horrible results of this infliction called hubris. Some of us may be being watched by our governments but this is a two-way street. We have eyes, we have ears and it’s not just the hauteur which has a roar. As does The People and We The People are tired of living in the fallout of mighty pride, arrogance and conceit.

Humility, respect and honesty have power too. As does love, compassion and understanding. Humanity is capable of much greatness. It just needs to be harnessed for the greater good of all instead for the temporary gain of small groups.  We are living at a time of fantastic change. Let us use our mutual talents for the positive. Let us include instead of exclude. There are no enemies, no borders or dividing lines. What affects our neighbors affects us too. We are all the same inside. Let us work with nature instead of against it. Let us be the generation that says stop all the madness!

Thanks for listening,

Strawberrryindigo.

 

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“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” 

― William Faulkner

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22 thoughts on “The Great and Powerful Hubris

  1. globe PHOTO explanation: “Someone has pointed out to me that it looks like the American continent is about to eat up another continent …” – for sure not a favorite analysis in the USA…

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    • Thanks Cathy, I hope it wasn’t too much. My temper gets the best of me and considering what has been going on with my war mongering government well…I get upset. I feel better and hope to come up with something happier.

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    • Thanks Joanne, I don’t know about the world. It does seem to be going backwards, which is apt given the current state of affairs. However I did not make it that way. Someone has pointed out to me that it looks like the American continent is about to eat up another continent and that to me is apt as well. 😉

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  2. As long as our consciousness is subjugated to the primatebrain we’ll be stuck with hubris for the duration. We can only hope evolution irons out that kink before we selfextinct our species. Look at the crocodile, brain the size of largish walnut, outexists us by 200 million years. Look at us, barely 100.000 yrs and already been on the brink several times (last time during cuba missile crisis) Anyone seriously believes that we’d make another 2 million yrs let alone 200? Evidently there is no survival advantage to having a consciousness linked to a primatebrain.

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  3. Great personification…and deep too. Thank you for the reminder, it can be tricky, and we are all repsonsible. I often use that poem by Shelley, “Ozymandias” as it has great symbolism and an enduring reminder that man is not as powerful as he thinks compared to Time and Nature themselves.

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