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The first comprises roughly the apolitical features of Gnosticism and forms a public belief system of the masses, the chief features of which are self-exaltation, a quasi-official atheism (public banishment of God, if not his murder), moral relativism, social determinism, scientism, pantheism, the elevation of individual rights over responsibilities and duties, and the rejection of traditional concepts of common good or virtue.
Such self-exaltation, however, doesn't prevent Nixon from later taunting his colleague with a "heil Hitler" salute any more than both men are left pondering -- in a particularly eloquent remark -- a "ghostly city (that is to say, Washington D.
He adds that this self-exaltation creates a vested interest in the weakness and failure of people who are not among the "anointed"--who then enjoy the role of rescuers.
It was not just a lust for food or knowledge or wisdom but for the egregiously arrogant self-exaltation of being "like God.
But instead of Romantic self-exaltation or traditional Augustinian self-transcendence, Newman's visions create a new paradigm of dialogue between Self and God, in which, "self-transcendence and self-assertion coalesce" (92).
Some might think the lyric appropriation to be a monumental act of ego -- a master producer seizing the limelight at the end of a self-exaltation called (in yet another Sondheim borrowing) "Hey Mr.
A three-hour-long exercise in self-exaltation, the film is the work of Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, who tells the story of a Greek director known as A.