Vanity and Humility versus Pride and Modesty
VanityWhen vanity was pronounced as the second topic in our series called Perspectives, I had to consult a dictionary to confirm my comprehension of the word. Our Afrikaans word for vanity is ydelheid, in Dutch, the mother language of Afrikaans, with a different spelling, ijdelheid. The word originates from the Latin word superbia, the unreasonable and inordinate self esteem personified as one of the deadly sins.The excessive belief in one’s own abilities or attractiveness to others (Stephen LaMarche);
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So for the sake of my reasoning, let’s consider EXCESSIVE and UNJUSTIFIED pride is Vanity and look at another word Humility, which is the opposite of Vanity and also the opposite of Pride.
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Canada Goose sale Therefor I distinguish between Humility (Humbleness) and Modesty, and regard Humility in myself and others just as unbearable as Vanity. Canada Goose sale
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My Personal struggle with VanityI share one of my personal experiences as example of the development of Pride and Modesty versus Vanity and Humility
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Suppose my parents, or any other person, or even my ‘brilliant’ mind managed to convince me that I was in fact the only person in this world with perfect legs, I could have developed a superior complex. The same could have happened if canada goose coats on sale my loving parents and/or ‘brilliant’ mind had presented any of my other positive attributes as a distraction from my legs.
Complexes are the cradles of characteristics. Traits like Vanity, Humility, Pride and Modesty are born in Canada Goose Parka the complexes of the human soul from where they develop into either attractive or detestable characteristics.
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Club feet thanks to medical science clubfeet is.
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Vanity is a form of self defenceIt is NOT easy to accept our own shortcomings. Vanity is a form of self defense and most, if not all people, commit vanity until they finally reach the stage where they accept themselves just the way they are.
But let’s see if all deadly sins are really rooted in Vanity.
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