Sunday, April 6, 2014

The True Facets of Pride


Two weekends ago, my mom and I went on a drive and were discussing low self esteem and how people compare themselves to others.  She brilliantly and simply said the following about pride:

"Why do I want to go out and buy things?  Why do I want to get all made up before leaving the house?  If you really think about it, if you really put thought into it, it's because we want to appear better than other people.  We want to feel superior to them because it makes us feel better about ourselves.
There's nothing wrong with wanting things or looking good.  But if that's what I need in life to make me feel okay or it takes precedence over my relationship with the Lord, then it's wrong.  It has become an idol."
What she stated reminds me of something C. S. Lewis said about pride:

"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest."


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