Nobility

David Cowles

November 18, 2021

“Nothing is noble which it is noble to despise. Wealth, honors…absolute power…these no sensible man would count as blessings since…it is nobler to despise (them) than to admire (them).” (Longinus, 3rd century A.D.)

For better or worse, we don’t talk a lot about ‘nobility’ today, but the virtue of nobility is one of those virtues that is strongly correlated with the concept of the Good. If you can imagine yourself condemning a particular ‘accident’ (above) as ignoble, then you are not yet dealing with true nobility.

Like the Good…or Being itself…true nobility is among those qualities that have no antonym.

“Nothing is noble which it is noble to despise. Wealth, honors…absolute power…these no sensible man would count as blessings since…it is nobler to despise (them) than to admire (them).” (Longinus, 3rd century A.D.)


For better or worse, we don’t talk a lot about ‘nobility’ today, but the virtue of nobility is one of those virtues that is strongly correlated with the concept of the Good. If you can imagine yourself condemning a particular ‘accident’ (above) as ignoble, then you are not yet dealing with true nobility.


Like the Good…or Being itself…true nobility is among those qualities that have no antonym.

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