Seamus Heaney on condescension

con·de·scen·sion: an attitude of patronizing superiority; disdain.

This is what Seamus Heany, poet, playwright, translator and noble prize winner, had to say about it.

Everything flows, an old Greek said.
Nothing’s secure. Gold’s only lead
When you stop to think.
On your way up, show consideration
To the ones you meet on their way down.
The Latin root of condescension
Means we all sink.