Arrogance and grandiosity can be destructive to people around us, especially if they are vulnerable and looking for help. When I have been in a position of influence and used this badly I have inevitably caused needless problems from those who might have been spared from pain. Sometimes when people are looking toward us for help we give them the wrong impression of how they should proceed because our arrogance doesn’t allow us to see ourselves properly. If this is so we cannot see them or their needs either. Being blind I then scatter words around like confetti, with little thought to where they land and what effect they will have.
But these character traits are even more destructive to me as an individual. At least someone near to me can leave! While I have to live with myself. Arrogance is ‘the pride that blinds’ a person to themselves. Arrogance closes the ears until I can no longer see or hear myself. This world of darkness eventually drives a person mad. I can attest to this!
The healing opposite of these troublesome things is humility. Humility is seeing myself as I am. Humility is being in touch with reality, limitation, empathy and the knowledge that I am always learning and never finished. If this is so I cannot make heady pronouncements about life and God. In seeing myself as flawed and in need of help I see the need for a greater power than myself by which to live. If this is so how I am set free from knowing everything and making statements about everything. Who am I to think that people need to know what I think I know? Arrogance and humility rarely go together if at all.