Thursday, 26 November 2015

Mother News Editorial Nov-2015

Dear Friends
Arrogance is the bigotry that a person entrenches in one’s mind unmindfully that causes a strong sense of entitlement. It is a feeling of superiority and pride manifested in an over bearing manner or behaving that comes from believing that one is better, smarter or more important than other.
Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses, it has only a short tongue and the pointing finger. It is an extreme pride, which typically describes as a violent and excessive behaviour rather than an attitude. It is also an overestimation of one's own competence, accomplishment or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it as a position of power.
Aristotle defined it as shaming the victim, not because of anything that happened to a person or might happen to a person but merely for that person's own gratification. It also denotes over confidence and pride. It lack humility. According to Proverb, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit  efore a fall". Adolf Hitler's pride ended with his down fall. What it implies is that everything has an end, nothing can remain the same.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the Russian Premier once said "Sometimes it is difficult to accept, to recognize one's own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of over confidence and arrogance and I was punished for that".
Alexander the Great was the tragic case, once too much power concentrated in hands not strong
enough to use it constructively or wisely. Each successive conquest and the power and wealth that came with it bred arrogance in him, instead of caution, moderation and reflection. Because of his arrogance, he destroyed himself and believed that his success was confirmation of its cultural superiority over the rest of humanity. Arrogance can undermine the best achievements of the most brilliant leaders if they lack self control, and the discipline to remain focused on what is important and keep their success in perspective.
In Shakespeare’s King Lear, the play depicts arrogance as, Lear’s lack of foresight leads to his
downfall. The Fool, one of the characters in the play, repeatedly voices his concern over Lear's foolish
decision to divide the kingdom, without any foresight. He also attributes that there are two fools in the
kingdom, the first being the Fool and the other being Lear. In spite Lear never heeds his advice.
Leaders like Alexander the Great often have an inclination to rely on their instincts, and abilities instead of on objective information and analysis to conduct business. Seduced by their success and constant praise of those who surround them, they come to believe that they alone know what is best. They stop seeking, listening to and learning; hence they become rigid, authoritative, and no longer respective to feedback from subordinates in their organisations. When this happens, a corporate version of hardening of the arteries sets in, the flow of fresh ideas is slowed down; this usually ends in chaos.
Humility, modesty, unassumingness and humbleness are the true keys for success. Humility halts the arrogance and self indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focussed and hungry to continue in the journey of success.
“He who seeks truth shall find beauty. He who seeks beauty shall find vanity. He who seeks
order shall find gratification. He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self expression. He who seeks self expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance” - Moshe Sadie.

Dr. G.K.Dhas

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