#81 – Detest disgrace (Ονειδς εχθαιρε)

Disgrace is defined as “a condition of shame, loss of reputation, or dishonor” This Maxim, like so many others, is very straightforward in its message to us. We are to keep from things that would disgrace us. This can include words as well as actions. But, we must also keep in mind that these are ultimately based on our own decisions. Disgraceful actions are usually the result of poor decision-making. These are not merely dishonorable actions, but are the next level as sometimes dishonorable actions are not disgraceful but disgraceful actions are almost always dishonorable as well.
The reason that this is sometimes difficult for us to handle is that when we are not in full control of ourselves we have a greater tendency to do something that would disgrace ourselves. This is because we forget the Maxim which tells us “Nothing to excess” and in taking things to excessive levels we make fools of ourselves leading to disgraceful actions. A good example of this is the behavior that most drunks display while they are under the influence of alcohol. They lack control over their actions and then do things that they later regret doing or say things they later regret saying. This leads to disgrace in their own eyes and often the eyes of others.
If we are to avoid disgrace in our own eyes and in the eyes of others we must first govern our own actions. This is what someone who truly detests disgrace does and it is sometimes not as difficult as it seems.

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