On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 19:41:07 -0400, "Jim Helfer"
From the Fifth Century B.C.E. we have the warnings of the Greek's
about Hubris which became codified by Pope Gregory in the Fifth
Century C.E. as Pride and so on to Shakespeare's warnings in the
tragedies a thousand years later, so on to Raskolnikov and
Dostoevsky's portrait of the self absorbtion that must become madness.
The common thread is that Pride is the progenitor of the notion that
the other is as nothing in comparison to the self and that it can be
objectified to the point where there is no obligation to acknowledge
the other as part of the same world that the self inhabits.
This thinking allows the Hubrist to violate the commonly held beliefs
of the society that he dwells in, at his whim, when it is these
commonly held beliefs which describe society, and their violation is
the basis of Sociopathy.
The primacy of Pride in the order of the Deadly Sins is not a mere
description of its position in a numerical order but is rather a call
to recognize it as the basis for all of the other sins.
It is then Pride which allows someone to claim as his own that which
does not belong to him, in violation of any concept of morality that
has been expressed in Western Culture for at least twenty five hundred
Seen in this way, this taking is not a small act. Although the sum
may be small, the implications are vast.
Should we teach our children that stealing a small sum is of small
consequence or should we teach them that stealing is wrong?
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker
Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania