What is it like to have an argument with a prideful soul who is practiced and pleased with his own words? It can be pretty, but that darn peacock is still mooning you.
Most of us are peacocks. Most of us think highly of our own wisdom. Even someone as wise as Benjamin Franklin (britannica.com) found it difficult to understand the sin inherent in his own pridefulness (see BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ON PRIDE AND HUMILITY). When Franklin wrote a list of virtues he should strive for, at first his list did not include humility. He added humility because of the advice of a friend.
My list of virtues contain’d at first but twelve; but a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud; that my pride show’d itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent, of which he convinc’d me by mentioning several instances; I determined endeavouring to cure myself, if I could, of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added Humility to my list, giving an extensive meaning to the word. (from from here (archive.org))
Think about this portion of the above, “my pride show’d itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent”. Franklin was a genius, a brilliant man, and he knew it. Naturally, he desired that others see his brilliance and submit to it. Therefore, he found it difficult not to be impatient with those who disagreed with him.
What is the problem with a lack of humility?
- We tend to insist, because we just “know” we are right, that others accept our beliefs and bend to our will. This is where big government comes from. Instead of using government to protect the rights of others, pride tempts us to use the power of government to force those we perceive as recalcitrant to bend to our will.
- We don’t want to listen to differing opinions from others. Therefore, when we believe something that is wrong, we tend to refuse correction.
Want an example? We would expect the academics at the Smithsonian Institute (si.edu), the people who operate our national museums, to be wise and intelligent, right? Well, they are human so we cannot count upon anyone’s wisdom. Consider these articles about the Smithsonian’s position on race, Talking About Race (nmaahc.si.edu).
- Smithsonian Pushes Racist Material Claiming ‘White Culture’ Is ‘Nuclear Family,’ ‘Self-Reliance,’ Being ‘Polite’ (thefederalist.com)
- Smithsonian lectures us about the unbearable whiteness of being (washingtonexaminer.com)
- Smithsonian’s Anti-White Propaganda (theamericanconservative.com)
- African American History Museum Publishes Graphic Linking ‘Rational Linear Thinking,’ ‘Nuclear Family’ to White Culture (nationalreview.com)
Note that the above are all Conservative publications. The Liberal Democrat news media is not carrying this story.
Here is the main source of contention. It is summed up in this graphic.
Is it being “white” to argue that racializing everything is not logical? Our genetic differences based upon skin color are not big enough to amount to anything. It is racist to assert that they do.
Do we have cultural differences associated with skin color? Yes, but what we call culture is belief and invention. Culture is something we should share. We should strive to pass on what we consider best from any cultural group on to our children, regardless of skin color. Success in selecting the best cultural beliefs and inventions requires humility, not pride in one’s self or “race”.
Think! The people at the Smithsonian Institute are using government funds to promote their own beliefs at taxpayer expense. Is that right? Does forcing taxpayers to fund beliefs they do not share demonstrate pride or humility?
Given the obvious potential for abuse, do we need to consider defunding the Smithsonian Institute? Why do we need to force our fellow citizens to promote beliefs they don’t share? Given the nature of museums, like the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, it is extremely difficult to fund museums without forcing taxpayers to fund beliefs they do not share. Therefore, we should allow private groups to take responsibly for funding museums, not taxpayers.
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Ha! I’m glad you have addressed this graphic so I don’t have to, Tom. I saw it the other day and just rolled my eyes. Also, many of those qualities they mock are not symptomatic of white culture, but in the right measure are symptomatic of all healthy and thriving human civilizations, regardless of skin color.
Also, kind of ironic but here in liberal utopia, it is the left making teeshirts that promote “rugged individualism,” demanding we sign loyalty oaths and pledges to “respect the science,” and demanding submission to their power, authority and status. Like, who knew?? I seem to be living behind a white supremicist curtain of leftist oppression. This explains everything. 🙂
Agreed. This most certainly explains much.
The irony is not surprising. Statists don’t have a sense of irony. Even though the extreme left and extreme right worship the same thing, the state, without irony they hate each other as opposites. Yet both will say anything for the sake of power.
As far as statists are concerned, the truth lives for but a “moment”. If the opposite needs to be true to serve their cause, then it is true for as long as it needs to be true.
Therefore, in the name of racial harmony Marxists will scratch itching ears by promoting racism. For the sake of those who don’t want to be virtuous, Marxists will happily paint virtues as vices.
Most of us don’t want to hear the truth. White Democrats have never accepted blacks as their equals, and this momentary truth assuages their guilt. Too many blacks still need the excuse of racism for their failures, and this momentary, as dumb as it sounds, makes eternal victimhood seem virtuous and assuages their guilt.
Moreover, there is an element of seeming truth in this momentary truth. As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan observed in “Defining Deviancy Down” (1993). what was once deviant is now lauded as acceptable. Now have just reached the unremarkable point where what was once good is now deviant.
Ironically, this “whiteness” tirade is so ridiculously racist, it should be laughable. The prejudice and stereotyping here against white people is just mind-numbing. They are acting like petulant children. Thankfully, because they’re so out of control now, more and more sane people (of all colors) are seeing this for what it really is and are walking away from this insanity.
It’s the classic bigotry of low expectations out front and center. I wish it were funny, but we can be guilted into believing and made proud of believing the most absurd things for purely emotional reasons and because of lies.
Read this => https://citizentom.com/2020/07/13/is-being-woke-a-mental-illness/comment-page-1/#comment-94661.
tsalmon is intelligent, well educated and well meaning.
Yes, it’s interesting how these groups play on well-educated but naive white people’s good intentions by conflating what happened to George Floyd, which everyone agrees was wrong, with an anti-Christian, Marxist organization whose ideology who seeks to divide and destroy our country through anarchy and bullying people into submission (manipulating their white guilt).
The good news is, more and more people are “waking up” from being woke everyday, seeing through this charade, that the mainstream media has been complicit in lying to them to project a narrative, and they are walking away from this deception (#walkaway)
Waking up from being “woke”?😂
It is a wonder we can communicate.
You just don’t know what you don’t know. 🤓
Wow, the “white culture” nonsense has really hit a new all time high, or low I guess is more accurate. We are at a crazy time in society where just about anything can be said about white people and if challenged, that person is a racist. Frightening really.
Back to pride and needing to force opinions on theaters, this is something I struggle with and I appreciate the lesson on Ben Franklin and how he addressed it in himself. I’ve been speaking up a lot on Covid issues with friends/family and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to be a bit more humble about things and take other’s valid fears in to consideration.
After reading your post I googled this phrase.
“How to use guilt psychology to obtain power” and selected this link which in my opinion adds credence to your post.
Also, in my opinion, most people today judge people by what they have either been taught in school or a good or bad experience in dealing with a person.
If for example you were cornered and beat up by a Irish or Polish or Black gang when walking in their neighborhood when you were a child, it serves to become a bad experience lesson and very hard not to become racist against the race that beat you up or robbed you.
Racism will continue regardless of what is taught by government propaganda, or museums, schools etc.etc. once you have experienced fear after being beaten up, robbed, or inflicted fear or pain from your personal experience of becoming involved with the culture.
My point is in Chicago for instance, there exists neighbor gangs of various racial ethnicity which regardless of your own personal color, you must fear walking in that neighborhood if you are not the same culture or skin color.
Until that culture makes it safe for anyone to not fear walking in their neighborhood, racism will continue on from one generation to the next regardless of whatever effort in words is made by everyone in power or authority or attempt to instill personal disapproval of themselves by using guilt complex psychology on them after they have experienced a sad or fearful personal encounter.
The only way to erase or nullify the experience to have a saintly Christian training to forgive and that type of teaching is becoming harder and harder to find in teaching in the USA because of lack of school choice or school vouchers.
Regards and goodwill blogging.