“I am about to put forward some major ideas; they will be heard and pondered. If not all of them please, surely a few will; in some sort, then, I shall have contributed to the progress of our age, and shall be content.”
-- Marquis de Sade (Philosophy in the Bedroom)
The Nine Deadly Sins
1. Stupidity: “Marked by or resulting from a deliberate or self-imposed lack of understanding, reason or wit. The state, quality or character of being stupid.” Such is often also called an “ignoramus” and, as defined by Ambrose Bierce in his book The Devil’s Dictionary is: “IGNORAMUS, n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.” To which Bierce adds this little ditty:
Dumble was an ignoramus,
Mumble was for learning famous.
Mumble said one day to Dumble:
“Ignorance should be more humble.
Not a spark have you of knowledge
That was got in any college.”
Dumble said to Mumble: “Truly
You're self-satisfied unduly.
Of things in college I'm denied
A knowledge -- you of all beside.”
2. Pretentiousness: “A bold or presumptuous assertion, whether true or false, of any claim. Characterized by the deliberate act of making an ambitious outward show.” In other words, they are devout practitioners of what Bierce calls in this book an absurdity. That is defined by him as: “ABSURDITY, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.”
3. Solipsism: “The theoretical belief that only knowledge of the SELF is possible, and that, for each individual, the Self Itself is the only thing really existent, and therefore, that reality is subjective.” Such is the case of the charlatan Kahlil Gibran when he said: “Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.”
4. Self-deceit: “The deliberate act that one does to him or herself in deceiving or lying to themselves about something in their live or outside their life. A dishonest action against the self.” Self-deceit is nothing more than a liar to ones self. Bierce defines a liar as: “LIAR, n. A lawyer with a roving commission.”
5. Herd Conformity: “To be like or similar in character to the rules of society so that one loses their individuality, one who complies with in form, manner, or use; acquiescence.” A good example is a politically correct Socialist Republican whose nose is stuck up a Socialist Democrats ass.
6. Lack of Perspective: “A failure, usually deliberate but sometimes not so, to be aware or realize the relating importance of facts or matters from any special point of view; also, their presentation with just regard to their proportional importance.”
7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxy's: “The practice, be it deliberate or otherwise, of failing to keep in mind the belief in established doctrines and faith, accepted standards, ideas, etc. The act of a person who goes against these in daily deed, word and thought as though the standards were not important.” This, of course, could apply to any of the established doctrines of fact--be they Christian, Buddhism, Hinduism, Satanism, etc. Such is certainly factual of what today is commonly called a Christian and defined by Bierce as: “CHRISTIAN, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with his life of sin.”
8. Counterproductive Pride: “An undue sense of a person’s own superiority, inordinate self-esteem, arrogance or superciliousness, conceit.” Ambrose Bierce refers to inordinate “self-esteem” as “SELF-ESTEEM, n. An erroneous appraisement.”
9. Lack of Aesthetics: “A person who has no understanding or appreciation of the philosophy of the beautiful, of the fine arts, of the grandeur of nature in the raw, the science of beauty and tastes.” Certainly one who doesn’t share the sentiment of my poem:
Real Beauty Is My Aim
Bailey once wrote in Festus
“Ask of thyself what beauty is...”
Going within to find the word
Asking a meaning and I heard...
Beauty is the sunrise on a cold crisp day...
Beauty is a child who is happy at play
Beauty is the sparkle of fresh fallen dew
Beauty is the words: I love you
Beauty is a flower opening into bloom
Beauty is a smile replacing the gloom
Beauty is the touch of the one you love
Beauty is a baby’s cooing looking from above
Beauty is the security in dad’s strong hand
Beauty is the suns glisten upon the sand
Beauty is the sky before the night
Beauty is mom’s kiss before dimming the light
Beauty is all of these and it’s plain
That real beauty is my aim.
[Real Beauty is My Aim appears courtesy of A LIFE IN THE DAY by Bob L. © 2005]
“Yes, I am a libertine, I admit it freely. I have dreamed of doing everything that it is possible to dream of in that line. But I have certainly not done all the things I have dreamt of and never shall. Libertine I may be, but I am not a criminal.” -- Marquis de Sade