Monday, March 24, 2008

We love flattery, even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essays: Second Series(1844)

2 comments:

Vikram said...

I think vanity is not a sin, it is infact a double edged sword. All your wonders of the world are manifestations of a rich & powerful person's desire for immense glory.

Yeah! We love flattery. We carry it long after it has lost its meaning.

neha said...

Love the second part of your comment! Touché!!

You should read the whole of the quote tho, and not just the clipped version that I have put up here.

I would not agree with ALL wonders of the world being manifestation of that desire... I think, only MANY wonders or even MOST wonders are expressions of that desire. Dont you think there is some satisfaction in a job well done or that curiosity could also motivate? After all da Vinci’s papers were found quite a few years after his death. SO perhaps the desire that you talk about makes people advertise the achievement as well, while so many great things have just passed unsung.