08 Jun

Bob Dylan penned a song called ‘The Disease of Conceit’ which makes statements that beg answers to questions about how we live our lives.

“There's a whole lot of people suffering tonight from the disease of conceit
Whole lot of people struggling tonight from the disease of conceit
Comes right down the highway straight down the line
Rips into your senses through your body and your mind
Nothing about it that's sweet
The disease of conceit”

Do we have the ability to recognize the disease of Conceit?

How does humility sit with the attitude of conceit?

If I am honest, I don’t keep a check on myself when it comes to conceit.

When I do take some time to think about it I realise that I often think I am better than others. There are times when I think I deserve more than my fair share. (whatever that is?) I think I am entitled to certain privileges that other mere mortals don’t even consider they are worthy of having. Like a warm bed to sleep in; hot water spilling over me in the shower; a light that comes on at the flick of a switch. Not to speak of all fashionable, clean clothes I have.

“There's a whole lot of people dying tonight from the disease of conceit
Whole lot of people crying tonight from the disease of conceit
Comes right out of nowhere and you're down for the count
From the outside world, the pressure will mount
Turn you into a piece of meat
The disease of conceit”

Then he delivers a powerful line that will remain true forever.

“Conceit is the disease that the doctors got no cure”

And the punch line is delivered in the final verse to reveal the symptoms and the ultimate result of this insidious disease of deceit.

“Give you delusions of grandeur and an evil eye
Give you the idea that you're too good to die

Then they bury you from your head to your feet

From the disease of conceit”

Don’t let it consume you and make you a person you don’t want to be. Expose it for what it is.

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