Greek drama often tells the story of a man brought down by his own hubris, illustrating the idea that excessive pride comes before a fall. The authors tell us that it is human nature not to recognize one’s own hubris or flawed, enormous pride. The more power one acquires the more likely one is to fall into hubris or blind self-importance.
Quiz: Which of the following quotes expresses a negative opinion of hubris?
- “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” –Maya Angelou.
- “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves . . .”—Bertrand Russell.
- “He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”—Buddha.