Most people believe that arrogance is a negative trait. But what is arrogance, and how do we know we have it. Arrogance is the feeling that one is superior than others due to wealth, race, education, etc.… One way to detect arrogance may be to measure anger. Anger is an emotion that arises from arrogance. Everyone has experienced the physical symptoms of anger. The increased palpitation of the heart, the increased body temperature, and heaviness of the throat.
Let me give two examples of arrogance that you may also have experienced. Many people have to share offices or rooms that have one thermostat. Yes that infamous thermostat that people surreptitiously approach and change. Yes, that thermostat that we try to keep one eye while we work. How many times have you seen confrontation at work because of the difference in room temperature? The anger arises because someone has changed the temperature to a setting which we are uncomfortable with. But many times we don’t consider the circumstances. We don’t know if the person who changes the thermostat has a physical condition, or maybe they are just uncompromising. But whatever reason, that anger arises because we feel that we have been wronged. This anger may arise from our arrogance.
Consider the driver that tailgates you on the freeway, anger arises in you. Yet you don’t know the circumstance of the other driver. Maybe he has a very good reason for driving fast, like a medical emergency to the hospital. Or maybe he and his spouse just had an argument and is in an angry mood. We presume we have been wronged. That is why anger arises in us. We have arrogance in our mind.
Our foundress once said, if you have anger, you do not know the teachings of God. If you understand God’s truth, anger should not arise. That is why we should try to sweep the evil of arrogance from our minds, so that anger does not arise.