Good morning, everybody!
Pride! Pride!! Pride!!!
I feel like this can often conflict with what we are taught in society these days. Society tells us to have pride in our work, pride in our actions, and pride in our nation, pride in our kids, and pride in our achievements.
Especially while in college, as there is so much competition among peers, I’ve found myself taking pride in my own accomplishments, too. But, pride is blinding.
If you are proud in your work, how will you be humble enough to try to improve? If you’re proud in your achievements, what is truly the motivation behind your actions?
If you’re prideful in your nation, how do you know if problems are arising, or not being solved?
Pride makes our hearts dull. It closes our ears to that conscience, and shuts our eyes against what is right. Swallowing that pride is what we need to do. There should be a distinction between pride and love. You can show love through what you do, and you can love doing what you do.
When I contrast these two things, love is giving your talents to share with others, whereas pride is holding your talents for yourself.
Love is everything and pride isn’t, Pride is blindness. When you apologize, it is admitting that you did something wrong. Really, you’re putting your pride aside because you are deciding that your relationship is more important.
In a way, when you express apology and/or forgiveness, you’re choosing love over pride. When we are prideful, what else in life are we missing?
Finally, misconception of Pride has to be noted, so we need to understand all this things.
Just a food for thought for this week.
Please let me know all your reactions and insights in the comments below!
Kogwuonye Patrick Onyeka
University of Benin