is not some kind of proof that Bolshevism was a religion that could appeal to the beliefs of its followers--including those it was jailing--and only pretended to be a political party.
While academia offers ample temptations to pride, other challenges to spiritual flourishing in this context involve the potential for self-abasement
. students struggling to produce may be tempted to shame when comparing their achievements to others in their cohort or area of study.
But such concepts do name actual emotions, even though no supernatural dimension exists; and these emotions are experienced as uplifting or ennobling, without the self-abasement
required by religious definitions.
Short of making Damascus the new Canossa for self-abasement
, there is nothing President Barack Obama can do to persuade his Russian counterpart that he is not seeking violent regime change in Syria.
"In The Road to Character, he wriggles out of pigeonholes even more dramatically by delivering what feels like a very broad-brush, old-style commencement speech on the virtues of suffering, self-abasement
and, truth be terribly told, a sense of sin....
Some sins like vanity -- Williams' sin -- can be treated only by extreme self-abasement
The shift in what constitutes self-harm shifts in the 20th century, because of Freudian theories of sexuality and the contributions of subsequent analytical theorists, which placed 'cutting rather than sexual self-abasement
or self-mutilation' as the symptom defining this behaviour (Gilman, 2012, p.1011).
Matthew Parris has pointed out that such initiatives as The Spectator's "Scotland, please stay" front cover one week before the vote had a hint of desperation and self-abasement
was a Chaucerian inheritance that Shakespeare merged with the Plautine plaudite, and as such should not be mistaken for autobiography.
Greenblatt believes faith is nothing but an illusion, a superstition that cruelly plays on an individual's fear of death by constructing an unnatural morality that posits judgment in an afterlife and self-abasement
within this one.
Of course, it is possible that this was coerced - a horrible form of forced self-abasement
. Not only did people have to put up with being kicked in the teeth; they also had to thank their tormentor and lament his death.