Pride and Peacocks

By Lorenz Frølich (1820-1908) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

For various reasons, I was looking at Peacocks (and an occasional Peahen) on Wikimedia. I found so much beautiful art work on the not-so-humble peacock.

One of those reasons is that I’ve been doing a study of the 7 Deadly Sins.  Yeah, I know, it sounds like a downer, but I decided humor would make it fun and memorable.  Hence, we begin with Pride, and Peacocks.

What is interesting is all the sub-sins that come out of Pride. They don’t always flow the way you expect. Arrogance is only a part of it.  Did you know that Despair also comes out of Pride?  Despair often manifests itself in self-loathing. Thinking you are worse than everybody else on earth is also a form of pride. It is pride turned inside-out.  A demonstration is easy.

By jyshahJyshah at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

⇑Here is Pride as we know it.

⇓This is pride turned inside-out. How ungainly! But seeing what is on the inside (and what is behind the facade you are seeing) is educational.

By User:Arpingstone [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

⇑This is William Etty’s study of a peacock (that’s a “rough sketch”) from “The Judgement of Paris”.   Isn’t this awesome? Wish it had a larger resolution!  I’d love to get in there and really look at the brush strokes.

⇑Now this is a work of art. That is a guard for a samurai sword, from the late Edo Period. (Late 19th Century), made or at least designed by Nagata Naohiro.


Archibald Thorburn [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

⇑I love how Thorburn teased out such precision and a metallic sheen from watercolor.

By Элизабет Сонрель [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

⇑No, I don’t know why the name is in Russian. Wikimedia says (click picture to see) it was drawn by Elisabeth Sonrel , and called “Le Paon; Majeste” (“The Majestic Peacock”)  See, even Art Nouveau wasn’t entirely a boy’s club.

The trick to pride is knowing that the goal is a happy medium.  That is, credit where credit is due, and failure should be an opportunity to learn.  Despite the associations, I’m almost hesitant to use Peacocks for Pride. They are such beautiful birds!  They are also fairly ill tempered beasts, and act in a perpetual state of Bridezilla. If my wedding venue is any indicator, that is.  🙂  Okay one more. You talked me into it.

By Darkros at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Yes, I know this is a male bird, but he still makes me think of a Bridezilla. 🙂  Enjoy!


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