Friday, December 14, 2007

ARROGANCE and AUTHORITY.

Can an arrogant person admit his/her own arrogance? If so, then isn't his/her own admittance arrogant because he/she views himself/herself as authoritative enough to make that decision?

4 comments:

PK said...

yes, sometimes

No at other times, when the person hears "I think you are arrogant, several others agree with me that your are arrogant.Here are a few reasons for our view......." Next, the person cites, "I have always felt that I was not arrogant but the testimony of others has proven me wrong."

Is he now no longer arrogant or has he admitted his status based on proof of others and remains arrogant?

Corbin said...

I don't like the way this question is framed. What is arrogance? Is it resistance to authority? I wouldn't find that definition compelling. Is it claiming oneself as authority? I also would find that meaningless, especially if you would grant my assumptions about personal epistemology and authority.

So I would say that a person claiming arrogance should be listened to for what they are expressing, and in context determining if it is true humility admitting frailty, false humility trying to build up one's status and ego, a power play in negotiation with another conversant, etc. There are many options for what that statement can mean by a person in different contexts. I would limit it with a formula.

Ryan Schmitz said...

I think that there are several people I have met who are very arrogant but I definite respect, and look to, their opinion and intellect. Many of them would be the first to admit their pride or arrogance.

I not found of their arrogance, but perhaps a number of them would not be speaking, writing, preaching or teaching if they were not arrogant to begin with.

Matt Frye said...

i mean i guess arrogance is kind of a subjective word. what one may see as arrogance another can also see as confident or even revolutionary. so i guess it depends on who is judging the "arrogant" and i guess it depends on if the person who is appologizing for being arrogant shows more humbleness than it does arrogance. it just depends on how you look at it i guess.

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."