Pride: The Cause of Many a Fall by Mrs Vera West

Pride is said to come before a fall. But in actual fact pride is often the cause of a fall, what is called hubris. Research published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, studied the brain activity of 308 people using MRI scanning. The subjects evaluated their own performance in a cognitive test.

People who were confident about their performance in the test showed higher levels of brain activity in those areas of the brain normally associated with reward processing.
That would be all well and good, except for one fact; those over-confident people actually got poorer test results than more modest subjects. Over-confidence led to an inflation of these people’s abilities, and a delusion about their capacity to succeed.

Over-confidence is the real Achilles’ heel of the global elites, who truly believe that they are gods and invincible. I hope that very soon, they will learn a lesson of humility.  The bigger they are the harder they fall.

Source: The Australian, August 11, 2016, p. 5

 

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