The Psychology Of Arrogance
“And so the fool gave himself a piece of paper and congratulated himself about being an expert fool” FeatherLeaf
Arrogance, what is it? It is beyond being egotistical. It is beyond being proud. Arrogant people can see the faults and shortcomings in everybody except themselves.
There was a brother in my church who wanted to condemn everybody for their sin. “Blah, blah, blah” he would espouse in his self righteous zeal, “Sin must be dealt with in a direct manner.” I wanted to confront him in his self arrogance, but that would be like kicking a rattle snake to tell it that he has a poisonous bite.
Arrogance abounds in this world in so many different forms. Rich people think they are better because they have money. Highly educated people think they are better because they possess a piece of paper to prove it. Government people feel they are better because they hold office. Very talented artists think because of their genius they are above others.
Here is the biggest argument against arrogance, and that is that arrogant people rule the world and they are doing a terrible job at it. People are destroying the Earth and the life-sustaining ecosystem it provides for some fictional concept called money. When you break it down, money is only pieces of paper or digits on a computer, that holds no intrinsic value. “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” Native American saying.
We live in a world where it is stated that the world’s richest people have the same wealth as the world’s poorest fifty percent. I don’t even believe this is accurate as the statistic doesn’t mention the people who own the banks, and thus wield extraordinary amounts of wealth. Still, based on that conservative effort the injustice is blatantly obvious. This divide translates into human suffering, such as starvation, malnutrition, disease, homelessness, lack of education, and other maladies.
Arrogant men sit in think tanks with their brilliant brains thinking how they can put their fellow human beings down and capitalize on the misery of others. Usually what this amounts to is the violent manipulation of governments or war. The United States has been constantly at war ever since it’s origin, and even before. Arrogant men have built such deadly nuclear and biological weapons that if they were ever used they would terminate all life on this planet.
The truth is with a capital TRUTH is that things don’t have to be this way. There are many alternatives to our way of life. The problem is that the arrogant people in charge are not humble enough to realize that they could be wrong at all, let alone in their core premises. They fail to see their own evil and selfishness.
In truth, the majority of arrogant people are narcissistic and they feel entitled. This aspect of ‘superiority’ plays big. Arrogant people feel they are above the law because in their own mind they are simply ‘better’ than everybody else and thus exempt to what applies to the ‘common’ man.
It is high time we challenged the status quo. Arrogant people may be intelligent and have a lot of knowledge but certainly they lack wisdom. There is still time to divert mankind from our path of destruction. But we must organized and challenge the conventional norms. We must build a community where everybody is adequately taken care of, anything else would be cruel and criminal.
Such alternative ideas have been presented many times in our past. Normally those in charge have dealt violently with those who challenge the system. I have written a book of poetry called “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent.” This book looks at some people who stood up to the arrogant people in charge and examines their struggle. Here is a link to it. https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/poet-to-the-poor.html
Kaniecki, J. (2017). The Psychology Of Arrogance. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2017/12/the-psychology-of-arrogance/