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Unformatted text preview: ce. We think bad things, as well as good ones, have serious importance; and we
think the same of anything that tends to produce such things, while those which have little or
no such tendency we consider unimportant. There are three kinds of slighting - contempt,
spite, and insolence. (1) Contempt is one kind of slighting: you feel contempt for what you
consider unimportant, and it is just such things that you slight. (2) Spite is another kind; it is
a thwarting another man's wishes, not to get something yourself but to prevent his getting it.
The slight arises just from the fact that you do not aim at something for yourself: clearly you
do not think that he can do you harm, for then you would be afraid of him instead of
slighting him, nor yet that he can do you any good worth mentioning, for then you would be
anxious to make friends with him. (3) Insolence is also a form of slighting, since it consists
in doing and saying things that cause shame to the victim, not in order that anything may
happen to yourself, or because anything has happened to yourself, but simply for the
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