Chapter 5.3 Pride


Pride can really be a negative or a positive emotion, and it is usually based on things of the past. On the positive side is the pride that is feeling good about yourself, or for someone who you have mentored. The obvious example is the pride that parents feel when their children experience some accomplishment. This pride is genuine.

“Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.”
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) English Statesman and Author

But once you open your mouth to boast to someone else, pride starts moving to the edge of the Plateau. It is okay to relate these accomplishments to friends and family, but you have to know when to stop, because the more you talk, the more it sounds like either “My child is better than your child!” or it turns into “Look how special I am!” The pride is no longer about the child.

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man”
C.S. Lewis (1898-1993) Irish Author

This is just another ego feed. Practice humility. Once Pride attempts to seduce Envy, it slides off the Plateau into the Valley of Vanity.


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