On Pride and Vanity

Tuchi - Gallo

Tuchi – Gallo


“Pride goes before destruction,” we read in proverbs, “and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

“Vanity involves esteeming oneself for goods that are only estimable in opinion – that is, only because people agree to esteem them.”

Jeff J.S. Black teaches at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He is the author of Rousseau’s Critique of Science: A Commentary on the Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts. He is working on a book on human nature and human enhancement in modern political thought. He frequently suffers from double vision.

Read his full essay “It’s all about me” in LYRA’s second issue here.

LYRA Femmes – Be In Our Next Issue


Since we started the magazine, we’ve come across the most amazing women. We have encountered stories about resilience, creativity, justice, fight, brilliance, change. So we’ve decided to celebrate LYRA women by sharing their stories with the world.

We want to get to know you better, so no matter what you do or how you impact the world that surrounds you, get in touch and you could be one of our LYRA Femmes.

How to do this?


  1. It’s extremely simple – send us two paragraphs, the first a short bio (no more than 400 words), the second on why do you read/like LYRA (no more than 150 words). We need also your SM accounts, so we can tag you.
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  3. LYRA team will choose the bios to be featured on our blog
  4. LYRA team will choose the most interesting bio and interview the winning Femme for a piece in our next print issue.

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