My Photo

Welcome to Mannionville

  • Politics, art, movies, television, books, parenting, home repair, caffeine addiction---you name it, we blog it. Since 2004. Call for free estimate.

The Tip Jar

  • Please help keep this blog running strong with your donation

Help Save the Post Office: My snail mail address

  • Lance Mannion
    109 Third St.
    Wallkill, NY 12589

Save a Blogger From Begging...Buy Stuff

The one, the only

Sister Site

« Maverickiness and presumption | Main | Seaplanes, "electro-bugs," and the independence of elderly neighbors »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Lance! I never engage in semantics.

And you're wrong, not that it matters that much. Beautifully wrong - trust you to word your way out of it.


If you don't recognize your own worth, why should anyone else?


Yes, I think you're wrong as well here, Lance. Arrogance is incorrectly concluding your virtue (using that word here as Machiavelli uses it) is higher than it actually is. (Thus, Bush or Berlusconi, who both seem to have no virtue whatsoever, are both extraordinarily arrogant since they believe themselves to be great heroes). The greatest statesman recognizes his virtue and correctly judges his rivals' comparative lack of virtue and thus entirely correctly advocates that the state should accord him high offices and honors.

It is wrong of us to request or expect that those of the greatest virtue should disregard honors and the proper reward for their abilities. It causes the less virtuous to falsely believe they are more virtuous than they are, and it dissuades the greatly virtuous from taking up the tasks we need them to take up. It is better for a few of our wealthy elite to be arrogant (i.e. falsely believe they have virtue due to their wealth)than for the entire population to be directed away from admiring the greatest acts. Besides, our optimates will be arrogant anyway.

Certainly, the potential great statesman can be confronted by bad Fortune. But the worse and less virtuous statesman will also be confronted by bad Fortune.


Very timely topic, Lance.


Accidentally, stinger, accidentally. And unfortunately.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Data Analysis

  • Data Analysis


April 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

Movies, Music, Books, Kindles, and more

For All Your Laundry Needs

In Case of Typepad Emergency Break Glass

Be Smart, Buy Books

Blog powered by Typepad