Hubris (hju·bris) 1. pride or arrogance 2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin.
Or, if you’d like a different definition:
Headline: “Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress on monuments”
And not to beat a dead horse, but hubris basically means knowing you’re right, that everyone else is wrong, and that you’re justified in breaking the rules if they get in the way of what you want. Rules, after all, only apply to people too unsophisticated to know what really matters; and when you’re super smart and have perfect knowledge the rules need not apply to you. The right course of action is self-evident to the enlightened few. Just ask Narcissus or Niobe or any of those other old Greeks who judged themselves equals to the gods.
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