The Fall of Icarus

The Fall of Icarus

Yesterday, we talked about self-esteem. We discussed many of the qualifiers we put into place when we are talking about ourselves. That our self-esteem is low, or that it is someone else’s fault, and how we continually feel the need to work on it, and amp it up.

Today, we will go to the other end of the scale and talk about an internal arrogance that drives many of us. For me, and probably for you as well, there are a few words in language that are just fun to use. They feel a certain way when we say them, and a great deal of their meaning is buried in its use. For good or bad, one of my words is hubris. Similar to arrogance, but carries a certain weightiness when we say it.

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken- they are not God thomas sowell

What is hubris?

Hubris is defined as excessive pride or self-confidence. The synonyms usually assigned to it are words such as, arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, self-importance, egotism, pomposity, superciliousness, superiority.

These people are the very antithesis of yesterday’s discussion about low self-esteem. Or, most of them would have us believe they are.

It is the mark of the mind untrained to take as valid, their own judgement for absolute truth aleister crowley

We all know these people. That is, we know them, if have not already become them. They are the people in our groups, circles and teams who know everything about everything and about everyone, and they are not afraid to share that they know. They never need help, and I find, they are also rarely helpful. Most, in my experience know just enough to be disruptive and destructive. There is always a better way, another work-around, something I learned a long time ago. A myriad of reasons why they will not do it the way they have been asked. They cannot follow the directions given, because they know a better system.

It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel anatole france

They make poor leaders, because they lord their knowledge and expertise over others, thereby eroding people’s view of them and their integrity. This leads to true lack of respect for them. They tend to feel that they are above accountability. Always quick to offer an elaborate excuse involving why they did what they did, why it was the right thing/ way to do it, why it should have worked differently….and you guessed it, why it is ultimately someone else’s fault.

As we talked yesterday, we should feel secure in the things we know well. Yet, we also need to find ways to remain open to learning from other people and from every situation.


If we do indeed know how to do something better, our goal should be to share that golden knowledge with everyone we meet who can truly use it. Gifts and talents are not given to us, so that we may move heaven, earth and every spotlight to shine on us. They are given to s because we are part of communities that need our gifts. So that we can share, and be part of an ever-improving culture. We have a duty to ourselves and to others to be truthful and helpful.

arrogance has nothing to do with greatness c.joybell c.

Chat soon…


Why Icarus?

The picture above depicts part of the story of Icarus. Don’t know who Icarus was? NP. We all learn together. Go here for an overview.