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.