This is the first in the new series – Framing the Dictionary.
Hubris is defined in Answers.com as:
“Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance”
As you scroll further on the web page they offer this second definition:
Hubris [hew – bris] or hybris, the Greek word for ‘insolence’ or ‘affront’, applied to the arrogance or pride of the protagonist in a tragedy in which he or she defies moral laws or the prohibitions of the gods. The protagonist’s transgression leads eventually to his or her downfall, which may be understood as divine retribution or nemesis. Hubris is commonly translated as ‘overweening (i.e. excessively presumptuous) pride’. In proverbial terms, hubris is thus the pride that comes before a fall.
I was recently watching a movie that involved the newspaper industry. The deadline had passed and the main characters were in the factory where presses were printing the next day’s papers and the rollers were folding and transporting them. There was a furious debate about the feature article being wrong. It was apparently too late to change the paper, but the brave editor gave the order, “Stop the Presses!”
Do you believe in magic
As I was thinking about the “stimulus” package that our wonderful elected officials are about to strap to our backs, this famous song popped into my head.
And it’s magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
Politicians are telling us that they know what is best for us. How we should stop talking about this and support their plan. If we do not act now things will get worse. Support us and we can move on with a smile.
March 15, 2009 Update – Here we go again. The US House and Senate have graciously, no generously agreed to give up thier pay raise. Lawmakers were knocking each other over to get “mic” time to show their great leadership. Unfortunately, the raise that they agreed was not due until 2010. They will accept the raise this year. This is a quote from Bloomberg News (Sorry, but I could not find the link):
“Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat, accused Vitter of ‘playing politics’ with his proposal (to eliminate all congressional pay raises). Inouye said, “Most Americans have a healthy understanding of the difference between a pay raise and a pay adjustment based on inflation.”