The definition is from here.
The illustration for John Milton’s Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré (1866). The spiritual descent of Lucifer into Satan is one of the most famous examples of hubris. (from here)

Because we still retain remnants of our Christian heritage, exhibitions of haughty pride or hubris tend to be a rarity among us. When we think we see an example of hubris in a public figure, the word narcissus immediately rockets out of the mouths of hundreds of thousands. Still, even though we may hide it well, we all think too highly of ourselves. Consider some widely known and used phrases.

Have you used one of these expressions to denigrate your fellow Americans? Most of us have. Even some of our great leaders, with the best of intentions, have denigrated large swathes of their fellow Americans. Doesn’t everyone remember “basket of deplorables” and “bitter clingers“? Of course, the people who do this have the best of intentions. Remember how much sympathy Karl Marx had for the religious?

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. (from here)

Why would we put others down this way? Who wants to suffer a fool? Who feels that they must suffer a fool? No one, of course. So if we disagree with someone the easy thing is to label them a fool. Then we don’t have to suffer their disagreement, that is, foolishness.

Is labeling someone a fool a good move? What if you are wrong? What if you are being a fool for refusing to listen? What if you are responsible for instructing that person you are calling a fool? What if their ignorance is the result of your incompetence, not their foolishness?

Just on the chance we might be wrong to call someone a fool, what should we do? Well, before you answer that question, consider this article, American education and intellectually bankrupt schools (washingtontimes.com), by.

In a recent Washington Times column, titled “Is San Francisco the future of America?,” Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation, asked, “What has happened? Why is America slouching like some rough beast — not toward Bethlehem, but Gomorrah?”

This is a question we hear almost every day. “How did this happen so quickly?” It is as if we’ve have awakened from what we thought was a bad dream only to find that the nightmare is real. What in the world happened? How did we get in this mess? Intuitively we all know something is wrong.

Our culture seems to have lost its mind, lost its soul and lost its way.

Politicians, who can’t tell us that a woman is real, claim to be pro-woman.

A Congress that pretends to champion human rights tells us a child, who is one second from exiting the birth canal, is not human and has no rights. (continued here)

Thanks to government-run schools, schools run by politicians, Americans are becoming extremely unwise. We Americans may have considerable knowledge, but increasingly we lack understanding and wisdom. Therefore, instead of complaining about the great unwashed, the mob, the workers, the rabble, the riffraff, the ignorant masses, that basket of deplorables, bitter clingers, and so forth, maybe we ought to allow parents, the people who most care about their children, to take responsibility for the education of THEIR children.

Consider the difference between stupidity and ignorance. Stupidity cannot be easily fixed, but ignorance just requires time and proper instruction. Moreover, ignorance is excusable, especially when the people who are responsible for our instruction do their job with reckless disregard for the Truth.

Our political leadership has failed and is failing to properly educate the great unwashed, the mob, the workers, the rabble, the riffraff, the ignorant masses, that basket of deplorables, bitter clingers, and so forth. As citizens — as the great unwashed, the mob, the workers, the rabble, the riffraff, the ignorant masses, that basket of deplorables, bitter clingers, and so forth — we must accept the fact that keeping politicians in charge of our children is just asking for more trouble, trouble because we are not even giving our children and grandchildren the tools they need to understand and deal life’s ordinary problems. It is time for parents and grandparents — the great unwashed, the mob, the workers, the rabble, the riffraff, the ignorant masses, that basket of deplorables, bitter clingers, and so forth — to demand school choice.

We have an election coming up on November 5, 2019. Please find out where the candidates stand and support the ones that believe parents have the right to decide what their children should learn and who should teach them.





  1. Tom,.

    Great introspective post for bloggers and everyone else fo discern.

    If I may add one more descriptive word recently described to pertain to 50 million voters..


    Regards and goodwill blogging..

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