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The Deadly Sin of Vanity: How Vain Are You?

Updated on February 18, 2015
The Sin of Vanity
The Sin of Vanity

Pride Comes Before A Fall

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all? Do you look in the mirror and like what you see? I hope you do. However, if you're still looking in the mirror an hour later you may have a little problem. Vanity, pride, snobbery, arrogance, haughtiness pick your favorite word. But of course they all mean a similar thing. Basically being up ones-self. Possibly to your own detriment. Time to drag your lovely self away from your remarkable reflection and examine the inner you.

Hans Christian Anderson tells the tale of a foolish Emperor who loved to look good in his clothes. To the extent that he ignored his Kingdom and his people.

The Emperor's New Clothes

One day two little tricksters pretending to be weavers arrived at the Emperor's grand palace. They told the vain Emperor they would weave him a suit so fine that everyone would be in awe of him in his splendid attire.

The majestic suit would be the colours of the rainbow woven by threads of precious spider's silk. They told the Emperor that the cloth was a special cloth and would show up any subject that was really stupid and therefore unfit to be in the presences of such a man as the great Emperor. The suit would look invisible to unworthy stupid subjects.

The Emperor was delighted and couldn't wait for his finery to be finished. He was so excited he decided to present himself in a grand procession to show off his new clothes. The day arrived and the weavers helped the proud Emperor into his suit. Turning to the chamberlain, one weaver said.

''Here. Help with the train, so the Emperor won't trip over.''

The chamberlain was shocked. The naked Emperor stood in all his glory without so much as a stitch on. Keeping his thoughts to himself he clicked his fingers; two servants rushed to pick up the invisible train. Looking at each other with great amusement, the servants tried desperately not to giggle.

The Emperor and his party made their way out of the palace and through the gathering of people who had come to see his wonderful new clothes. Suddenly a child called from the expectant crowd.

''The Emperor has no clothes on.''

Everyone started to laugh and cheer. The vain Emperor, knowing the child was right, straightened his shoulders, held his head high and continued on his way. There was nothing else he could do. His two giggling servants in tow.

The naked truth often hurts. However it is very rarely wrong. When all is laid bare there's very little to hide behind.

Love Your Skin

Here's Looking At You Kid...

There is nothing wrong with looking your best. In fact: everyone should make the effort to look good. However there's a fine line between looking good and thinking you're the cat that got the cream. When really your the moggy drinking sour milk.

So you think you're all that! Better than everyone else. Strutting around like a proud peacock with your feathers in the air. Dressed to the nines and loving any attention that comes your way. You're so vain you think everyone wants to be you.

Vanity is not a nice trait to have. A person that is excessively proud of themselves is boring, because without even realizing it they talk about themselves all the time.

Friends and family know all there is to know about you. If they often make themselves scarce or regularly go home early; perhaps they're bored, listening to you; talking about you.

Vanity comes from the latin word vanitas meaning; emptiness, foolish, futility and empty pride. Not one nice word among that lot. Being proud of your achievements is normal and rightly so, just remember to keep your pride at a level that is acceptable to other people. Pride in our appearance is also normal, but if you have more mirrors than chairs in your home, then you're probably the only one that sits on them.

The Sin Of Pride

Having a high opinion of oneself is quite the snobbish approach to life and breaths good conditions for conceit. We can see how foolish it is to think one is far superior than another, just because we wish it to be so (look at the silly Emperor). Vanity and pride are disdainful qualities when in abundance. Humility is a virtue that should be learned and practiced.

Famous Quote:

''The last time I saw him he was walking down lover's lane holding his own hand.''

Fred A. Allen.

© 2010 Gabriel Wilson


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