Monday, July 06, 2015


David Warren is not a democrat, which lets him light up some corners the rest of us sometimes miss. From today's:
It is conventional, for politicians upon winning elections, to declare that they are “humbled” by the experience. There you see a fruit.

No one who felt genuinely humbled would say this. He might show it, quite subtly perhaps, in how he behaved; it does not and cannot go into words, without becoming boastful. I use this example with something approaching warmth, for I have developed an allergy or aversion — a rash of the sort that comes from passing through brambles — when men in public positions make a show of their “humility.” It is invariably pharisaic; it is a warning that one is dealing with profound arrogance, and a vanity that is out of control. He speaks with crowds, but cannot keep his virtue.


Assistant Village Idiot said...

The new phenomenon of "humblebragging" seems part of this - a show of humility that cannot be made without a foundation of self-congratulation. "I did poorly at Yale," would be an example.

Mark Reiff said...

Reminds me of some of the lyrics in Amish Paradise. Also, I agree that anyone who claims that WINNING their election made them more humble is lying to the electorate.