Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Can't Stand Arrogance

ar·ro·gance noun \ˈer-ə-gən(t)s, ˈa-rə-\

Definition of ARROGANCE: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogance

Arrogance is a bad thing okay? Arrogant people are annoying, especially those that don't think they are being arrogant. At it's worst it gets people killed. I once had a discussion with a commercial pilot about the "God Complex" which is the ultimate, extreme form of arrogance. Many doctors and commercial pilots have the God Complex. He told me doctors who are also licensed private pilots are more likely to crash, and kill themselves and their families. Why? Because of the God Complex, because of their arrogance.  They think they can do no wrong.

Arrogant people are difficult to deal with. They always think they are right, and when they are proven wrong, they have plenty of excuses. It's always someone else's fault.

When my sister was in the hospital, I had to deal with more than one arrogant doctor. The only reason I didn't give them a verbal reaming or worse is because I wanted to be there for my sister. If I had acted on my feelings I would have been kicked out of the hospital, or even arrested. I needed to be there for her.

Arrogance is a bad thing. It's a character flaw. A HUGE character flaw. Arrogance is not confidence. Here's a nice essay, confidence vs arrogance . If you describe yourself as arrogant, perhaps you need to work on that?  They say repition is the mother of learning so... Arrogance is a bad thing. It's a character flaw. A HUGE character flaw. Arrogance is not confidence.  Confidence is a good thing, arrogance is a bad thing.

Luckily, most of the people who blog about gaming aren't arrogant. There are a few that are, and I avoid them the best I can.  I won't name them, nor link to them, but most of you know who they are anyway.  Why am I writing this?  It's simply an explanation.  If you see a comment by me, out there in the blogosphere that seems out of character, this should explain my point of view.  I abhor arrogance.  I know that I'm probably not going change anyone, but I won't stay silent anymore.


  1. I read the first few lines and thought, "Uh oh. Did I open my stupid mouth too far again?"


    I need to send you Loviatar #7 and will do so when I get home. Keep on keepin' on.


  2. I don't think anything you've ever written has come across as arrogant. I hope I have never come across as arrogant! That would be bad.

    Loviatar is awesome, and would be welcome. Did you send me issue six? Not trying to be greedy, and if you didn't that's okay. If you did, I didn't receive it.

  3. I find your blog post on arrogance to be very...arrogant.


    1. If Zanazaz were a Star Trek robot, you would have just destroyed him.

  4. Sniderman, I know you were joking, but I did worry about that as I was writing the post. I never want to come across as arrogant. I was hoping to come across as passionate about what I believe in.

    S.P., Good thing I'm not a Star Trek robot. I guess that's why they don't use a lot of robots in the STU.

  5. I had just read this post and then surfed over to Gothridge Manor. I was going to post a sarcastic comment over there about the egotism of wanting to be second on the XP list, but then I figured the humor may not come across well and then I would look like one of those jerks that we all know and "love."

    And don't worry: you came across to me as confident.

  6. Heh... never really considered it having to do with ego, just me being competitive. Yeah, sometimes it's difficult to discern the intent of the comment, i.e. whether it's serious or humorous. So umm... SNWEEBO!

  7. Don't get me wrong....I didn't think it was ego. I was just trying to riff off the comment here and.... Urgh. Forget I said anything.... (grin)