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By Mary Astell, Judith, fl. Drake, A. Roper, E. Wilkinson, R. Clavel

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Shame, guilt, and humility are associated with the action of bowing. Arrogant people believe they can reach the sky and do what is not possible to normal mortals. Humble people, on the other hand, recognize that there are limits. Shaming may thus work for the good of the larger society. Corporations and governments are often “shamed” into abiding by the promises of humility they made. They are asked if they are not ashamed of cutting down the trees that are the backbone of a healthy global climate, of destroying biodiversity, the very gene pool that may one day provide humankind with all the medicine it needs.

Mandela attempted to attain shared humility without humiliation. In Iraq, there will be convergence only if the Arab World frames the second Iraq war as liberation. Conflict will ensue as long as the Arab World frames the military action as humiliating invasion. In this event, conflict may remain invisible and be lived out as depression and apathy on the part of Iraqis and Arab citizens and those who identify with them (1).

However, in traditional societies, this basically neutral difference is ranked as lesser and higher. My Fair Lady, the musical, illustrates beautifully how Professor Higgins regards the poor flower girl Elisa as a lower human being, even after she has learned higher manners. Her essence, in his view, is fixed in lowliness through her initial poor status in society. For Professor Higgins nothing can turn Elisa into a human being of worthiness equal to him and his class. 16 Making Enemies Affaire d’honneur!

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