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Subject: definition of Greek philosophical terms
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: fahood-ga
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Posted: 04 Dec 2005 18:22 PST
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the literal meaning and the definition of the word "aidos"
Subject: Re: definition of Greek philosophical terms
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 04 Dec 2005 19:30 PST
Hi fahood,

Thank you for your question.

The personification of Modesty, Respect and Shame.

In the poem, Works and Days (line 200), Hesiod explains to his brother
that when Aidos (Shame) and Nemesis (Indignation) are gone from the
earth there will be sorrow and no defense against evil.

The Ai (alpha iota) is a vowel-digraph that is pronounced as a short E.


b. The Greek word (aidos) means "a sense of shame, modesty"



shame, respect 


"The most complex, abstract and ancient idean about MIND is AIDOS, a
Greek term conveying the idea of "self shame", "self respect, "honor",
"integrity" or in short "decency"."


"AIDOS transcends the conventional norms of what now is called ethics
or morality. Morality or "mores" is what is "normal" for a people at a
given time. Aidos, on the other hand, is an internal property that
arises from the genetic capacity to become a person with a personal
"belief system". Many people think they are "moral" simply because
they follow "rules" and trends defined for them by their families,
preachers and peers. Some modern thinkers worry that developed
societies stressing mercenary commercialization may devalue "aidos".
Some even opine that "aidos" or "self shame" is a hindrance for
success in careers in the politics of academia, business or religion.
In any case, power of any sort, when unrestrained by aidos, prompts
hubris or pride and a Psyche untempered by aidos, thus eases engaging
in cupidity and narcissism."


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