I have this book ready and waiting as a feast of glorious book production values along with page after page of colour that pleases the eye and prose to match, and now I have Alex Preston's presentation to remember. This was an interesting talk to follow on from Stephen Moss this morning, a literary bird trail at Budleigh along with a thoughtful take on the act of 'birding' (not twitching apparently). Mindfulness is something birders have been doing since time immemorial and one of the many bonuses of Alex Preston's talk was the highlighting of the poetry of Mary Oliver.
Examples of hubris are often found in literature, most famously in John Milton 's Paradise Lost , in which Lucifer attempts to compel the other angels to worship him, is cast into hell by God and the innocent angels, and proclaims: "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." Victor in Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein manifests hubris in his attempt to become a great scientist by creating life through technological means, but comes to regret his project. Marlowe 's play Doctor Faustus portrays the eponymous character as a scholar whose arrogance and pride compel him to sign a deal with the Devil , and retain his haughtiness until his death and damnation, despite the fact that he could easily have repented had he chosen to do so.