We often hear people being praised for their humility or lack of pride. Why is that?
As people grow bigger, and by bigger I mean either financially better off or politically powerful, our pride tends to grow as well. And this pride affects the way we deal with others. A person lacking humility will show respect to most people and will treat everyone as equals. A person with a bloated pride however might look down on people he considers worse off than him. And this attitude is obviously not appreciated by everybody.
A persons normal behavior is something that comes naturally to him or her. To act or think different than your normal self requires some amount of effort. So if I decide to forgo all pride and develop humility in my behavior, how much effort will I have to put in. And will the effort be worth it. How will I know that my effort is paying off. And how do I even go about it.
I’ll try to answer the last and most difficult question first. To forgo pride, we have to first ask ourselves, what is pride? Wiki’s answer to this question is:
Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two common meanings. With a negative connotation, pride refers to an inflated sense of one’s personal status or accomplishments, often used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a satisfied sense of attachment toward one’s own or another’s choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, or a fulfilled feeling of belonging.
The keywords in the para above are: personal status, accomplishments, sense of attachment towards one choises, independent self-reflection and fulfilled feeling of belonging. I’ll take up each of these keywords individually and analyse them.
Usually directly linked with money or political power or both. And is also the most harmful. While it’s okay to feel pride for the achievements that have brought you the fame and fortune, one should not let this pride influence his judgement or manners. The bigger or more powerful a person gets, he is bound to come into contact with more and more people thus being in a position to influence a lot of people.
and at this point I got hungry and got up to have breakfast, thus destroying my chain of thought and what would have been a very good piece of work. Fuck my hunger