Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The True Meaning of Chutzpah

Chutzpah is like a two edged sword. The Yiddish word chutzpah is usually used to describe someone who has nerve and is extremely arrogant . The common example is a man who murders his mother and then pleads for mercy since he is now an orphan. This defininition illustrates the negative meaning of chutzpah. However, chutzpah also has a positive side. It alludes to the idea of having extreme self- confidence. Self-confidence is a necessary attribute for getting ahead in life. It is necessary for success in school, family, and work. More significantly, a man or woman with chutzpah will do what is morally right even when there is great opposition from friends, relatives , classmates or colleagues. Thus, chutzpah has positive and negative attributes. The chutzpah we cultivate and express will significantly affect our lives and the lives of those around us.


At 3:27 PM, Blogger My Imagination said...

the word Chutzpah is a interesting word and maybe i would use it when i know someone who can be describe as Chutzpah.


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