Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Essere Umano

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Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Essere Umano by Jesse – Jesse’s Crossroads Cafe

“What has become of King Don Juan?
And the Princes of Aragon,
What has become of any of them?
What remains of our handsome nobility?
And of the many fads and fashions
They brought with them?
What remains of their jousts and tournaments,
Gilded ornamentations, fancy embroideries
And feathered tops?
Was all this insignificant waste?
Was it anything but a season’s fleeting touch of green on the fields?”

Jorge Manrique

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and achievements, and also looked down upon and despised others who were less accomplished, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ”God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.”

‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

‘I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’”

Luke 18:9-14

Pride, intended as a recognition of our achievements and superiority, ironically diminishes our fullness as human beings, and often quite dramatically. It can make people act in ways that from a distance seem very pompous and silly. And among these proud ones there are often those who not only go beyond a simple agnosticism and indifference, but actively refuse to acknowledge anything greater than themselves with a kind of fervor, aggressively despising any forms of observances among others as a weakness of mind and character.

They proudly build their castles made of money and honors and power on the weak sands of their own ego and worldly achievements. But that form of pride is so much easier for us to understand. We see it clearly in the self-proclaimed elite of our time. The balance of things may only be restored for them by the four last things, which are irresistible even to the mighty.

But less obvious perhaps is a spiritual form of pride, that reduces us into a kind of distortion of things that would be equally silly if it were not so insidious. It blinds us to our own faults, of course, but even worse than that, it leads us to magnify the faults of others. In doing so we can justify our own imagined achievements, and at the same time dismiss own bad moral treatment of them. There is no person who is spiritually proud whose heart will serve as a home for the Holy Spirit, the spirit of humility, and mercy, and of love. They are too full of the law, and of judgement, and of the trappings of righteousness

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