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Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Humblebragging"

Honestly, when I read about this new term, I immediately figured they were about to talk about Pope Francis.
According to Harvard University, urbanites are increasingly succumbing to the phenomenon of ‘humblebragging’- boasting about their hectic lives as a way to prove that they are 'in demand'.
Phrases such as ‘I have no life’ and ‘I desperately need a holiday’ are now used to imply social standing, while ordering food shopping online is the perfect way to prove to neighbors that you are simply too busy and important to go to the supermarket.
First World problems. 

This term sounds on the same level with virtue-signalling--a very useful term when observing certain kinds of behavior that, for the longest time, we simply didn't know how to define.  

It's good to have useful words in this complicated day and age, when people have become so intricately ridiculous.  It's not like the ancient days, when they lacked words for even the most basic colors.  

I'm also reminded of a passage from Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb, in which he states that half of our lives have no name: "We know more than we think we do, a lot more than we can articulate."

Let us co-opt the term "humblebragging," and put it toward more useful purposes.  Imagine how useful this word would have been at the beginning of Pope Francis' pontificate, when everyone was screaming how "humble" he was.

To be sure, the word was probably in use at the time of his election.  But not everyone knew about it.  Otherwise, we would have started off with a better understanding of this pope.

2 comments:

  1. Did you see 60 Minutes piece on "Fake News"?
    It was truly pathetic and exactly what I expect from a decaying,imploding,irrelevant, organization.

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  2. The first time we saw the term applied to Pope Bergolio it was the superb Hillary White who used it. We loved it, it fit him so perfectly, and we have used it ever since.
    Yes, it was during his first weeks, when we began to realize, with horror, that he was actually putting on a skit, when he lay on the floor of St. Peter's prone, or washed women's feet, or refused to live in St. Peter's. All theatrical performances, even, camp. He's a phony, a man full of pride who plays the part of the "humble" man. Anybody who falls for that at this point is obtuse, a dull clod.

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