“Sophia” is the Greek word for wisdom. Sophia also is a prominent figure in the Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, stress Susan Cady, Marian Ronan and Hal Taussig in their interesting book Sophia—The Future of Feminist Spirituality.
Sophia, these authors conclude, drives “us to action on behalf of others….May she be for all of us the strength, the courage, the splendid arrogance with which together we will undertake the transformation of society.”
I like those two words “splendid arrogance.”
My dictionary defines “arrogance” as overbearing pride or self-importance. What is “splendid arrogance”? The two words together remind me that we often aren’t as assertive and as splendidly arrogant as we could be. Being assertive or arrogant is, of course, a matter of balance. We must have the pride, courage and strength to believe that our mission is to help others and make the world a better place. Then, we must have enough “splendid arrogance” to take action.