Praise and worship suggestions for those longing to be Left Behind.
posted by Anne Johnson @ 4:47 PM
I'd say hubris -- Karma doesn't kick in until the next life. (Although we impatient Westerners have sped up the process a bit in our co-opting of the word. We do love our "instant" everything!)
It's payback... :)hubris [ˈhjuːbrɪs] n1. pride or arrogance2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin.karma [ˈkɑːmə] n1. The principle of retributive justice determining a person's state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of his past deeds.
Hubris also know as excessive pride.
As a syncrectic Tibetan Buddhist, I would say that karma (which simply refers to cause and effect, not punishment--undesired outcomes are a natural result of our actions performed in ignorance) can ripen immediately in some cases, so it doesn't *always* wait til a later life to manifest. But I agree hubris is the proper term for this. And watching hubris play out--"bigger they are, harder they fall"--may make for less bored gods!
Rick -- you say, "And watching hubris play out--"bigger they are, harder they fall"--may make for less bored gods!"do you mean that the gods are less bored or that there are less of the gods that are bored? That's one of those that requires tone of voice....
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