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Would they still do it?
We wish to excite the envy of our untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can't shake off. The consequences of a mistake there are more upsetting, but less tragic. If I do good work, people should notice me. Is that the kind of people you want? The ones who are more attracted to your status than you?
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Although I remain cautious, knowing in the blink of an eye he can become a wolf again. An excursion … a journey. For once our relationship feels comfortable, friendly. Howard, Unhinged. Or maybe heatstroke was only the excuse he used for what happened next. With one eye pinned on Elizabeth, he stripped off his shirt, something he rarely did, and proceeded to perform feats of strength.
He moved large rocks for no good reason, grunting as if he were leg-pressing a good five hundred pounds. He welded hedge clippers like Edward Scissorhands. And hoed like a lumberjack bent on clearing the Sierras. We will retain your information for as long as needed in light of the purposes for which is was obtained or to comply with our legal obligations and enforce our agreements. You may request a copy of the personal information we hold about you by submitting a written request to support aeon.
We will try and respond to your request as soon as reasonably practical. When you receive the information, if you think any of it is wrong or out of date, you can ask us to change or delete it for you. Sandy Grant. She recently became the first philosopher to perform at Latitude Festival, and writes regularly for Quartz. Edited by Nigel Warburton. The virtuous do not show off. On this, I am with Einstein: I would rather we were quietly wicked than showily smug.
There is no ready answer.
Lessons from the Past
There are red herrings too. A counsel to modesty, to play down our accomplishments, is one such. Likewise assimilating showing-off to arrogance and proposing we refrain from the vice by avoiding extremes. It can go awry though, as we shall see. A better approach remarks cultural variation. Yet noting this variation is but a small step. It does not settle the question at hand, which is about when showing off is bad.
We use this phrase to designate behaving in a way intended to attract admiration. Showing off is not just doing something well before an audience.
She is performing, playing cello before an audience. What distinguishes showing off is the intention behind the deed. When I show off, I do something for the reason that I want to attract your admiration.
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When we deem others to be showing off we make those judgments within a context of intricate sets of meanings. These are at best provisional and changing, and so too are the possible meanings we live out in our daily lives. Upon this shifting sand, some kinds of showing off get called out. But there are more ambiguous cases. Consider the following.
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She supposes we will be impressed by this, but one suspects she knows and cares little about the Orange Party. She is virtue-signalling. Here the showing off appears pretentious.
Neither does it show that showing off is generally deceptive. The philosopher Peter Strawson took this latter view. In fact, I know I had better conceal my intention to get your admiration. If you cotton on to what I am up to, you will be sickened or have some other disapproving response. But we must complicate this picture, if we consider actual practices. There are cases of blatant showing-off. A whole bunch of these are surprisingly innocuous or even charming. My date shows off in an attempt to impress me, say by reciting lines from my favourite poet.
My recognising the enacting of that intention to impress me is at the core of how the date intends to impress me. This is so much so that, even if the lines get fluffed, I still see the staging of that intention to impress me as a reason for me to be impressed.
This dating game is understood as such by both parties.