THE EVIL OF PRIDE
April 15, 2021
“Superbia” is the Latin word for PRIDE. It is considered to be the deadliest sin of the seven deadly sins. Theologians and philosophers reserve special place for pride. Lust, envy, anger, greed gluttony and sloth are all bad, the sages say, but pride is the deadliest of all, the root of all evil, and the beginning of total destruction. Pride is the perversion of the faculties that make humans more like God-dignity and holiness. PRIDE is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those whom is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired. Pride is the state of holding one’s self in high esteem. It is also amounts to thinking yourself better than you really are. The sin of pride is a preoccupation with self. It is thus very fitting that the middle letter in the word is “I.” Pride is all about “me, myself, and I.” So even as the word “pride” is centered upon an “I,” the sin itself is also centered upon “I.”
LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
Live life to the fullest! Work at not carrying any moment over anymore. Every day has some good stuffs God has put in there for you.
One way to determine whether or not you are preoccupied with yourself is to evaluate your motives. Take the pursuit knowledge as an example. If you study hard because you want to become a teacher so that you can edify others and help them to grow, that is good motive. That is love for others. But if you study hard solely to amass knowledge for yourself, just so you can say that you know more than everyone else, that is extremely bad! Your focus is upon yourself and your own glory. That is preoccupation with self. That is pride. And if this is the case for you, not only are you already suffering from pride, you are setting yourself up to be totally consumed by it!
IS PRIDE A BAD OR GOOD THING?
That is the question most people do ask. Pride is considered a NEGATIVE FORCE in human existence, the opposite of humility and a source of social friction. It is even been called the “deadliest sin” On a contrary opinion, pride is considered not be a “deadliest sin” According to psychologist, Jessica Tracy, author of the new book “Take Pride: why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secrets to Human Success.” She argues that pride, like other human emotions, is part of our evolutionary heritage, helping us to survive and thrive in cooperative societies inspiring us to be the best humans we can be. According to her, “Pride makes us feel good, and it is an indication to ourselves that we are behaving in a way congruent with the values of our society.” The pride displays: check out; head back and slight smile are recognizable in cultures around the world. She adds, connoting status, encouraging difference from others, and motivating us to work hard to gain more approval from our communities.
Pride makes us care about how other see us and just as important and how we see ourselves. She writes “It makes us want to feel good about ourselves and make sure others look up to us, admire us, and see us as competent and powerful.”
WHAT PRIDE STANDS FOR?
Our SELF or Ego is basically who we are as a person. It is not good or bad, it is just what makes us, us. Unhealthy pride happens when we do or say things for the purpose of people praising our SELF or for making our SELF feel good or putting our SELF ahead of someone else’s SELF. Pride wants our SELF to be praised, get glory, be worshiped and be highly talked about, even when we are not in the room. Unhealthy pride can give us an elevated view of our own SELF that is not accurate, but we truly start to believe it and act to reinforce what we have come to believe as true. And when someone questions or challenges the view of our SELF as not accurate, the fireworks begin.
Here are some of the definitions of pride:
- Pride is being selfish
- Thinking excessively about SELF
- Pride’s base is too much self-love
- Thinking the worth of our SELF is higher than it actually is
- Preoccupation with our image or SELF
- Pride is narcissism (in love with our image or SELF)
- Pride is self-centered or EGO-centric (everything revolves around us)
- Pride wants to keep the focus on SELF
In conclusion, the sin of pride is the sin of sins. It was the sin which transformed Lucifer, an anointed cherub of God, the very “seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty,” into Satan, the devil, the father of lies, the one for whom Hell itself was created. We need to guard our hearts against pride lest we too “fall into the same condemnation as the devil.” Though, everyone has tendency of exhibiting “PRIDE” going by the definitions above. But there is need for us to set a boundary in order to know when our pride is becoming unhealthy pride. If pride can turn angels to devils, it will be a great disaster for a man fills with pride. Pride tempts us until it brings us into destruction. That is why we must allow the seed of pride to grow in our heart. Kill the pride, before it kills.
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