posted on Mar, 12 2013 @ 06:51 PM
I believe pride and humility are often misunderstood concepts, twisted by the influence of religions that seek to smother pride.
What is pride?
Pride is the satisfaction and pleasure that comes from your accomplishments. Pride gives you a higher opinion of yourself than you previously had.
Pride gives you a dignified sense of self, and is the path to self-respect and good self-esteem.
Pride is a deep seated love of what you are doing with your life. If you have pride, you grant more worth to this life. If you are proud, you have a
realistic idea of your accomplishments and abilities, and are not afraid to let others know.
What is humility?
Humility is a set of self-depreciating behaviors exhibited by someone who has accomplished enough to have the right to be proud. Humility has no
deeper meaning, all it is is a foil to pride; without pride, humility does not exist. Humility makes one seem less important and less dignified than
he really is, and gives the perception that someone wants less credit than he is due.
Power of Pride
Pride drives people, organizations, and countries to success. Kobe Bryant, one of the best players in the NBA to ever play, is also notoriously proud.
When a teammate is not performing up to his standard, he will let everyone know. If he leads the team to a victory, he will take credit. If his team
loses because of him, he will take responsibility. If his team loses because of his team, he will single people out. People expect this of him because
this is who he is, and who he is is a 5-time NBA Champion.
Pride can also make or break an organization. If the U.S. military during WW1, WW2, and the Korean War, when it was collectively proud of what it did,
was an inspiring force. Soldiers from the enlisted ranks to the officer corps bought into the war, and this pride helped them to defeat some of the
most powerful militaries in the world in Germany, Japan, North Korea, and China (they fought China to a draw). On the other hand, when the military is
not collectively proud of what it does, think Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, we have unwinnable wars, despite the fact that the enemy militaries in
these countries are far less powerful than the militaries we have defeated. The difference is, our enemies in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan have far
more pride in the war they fight, and as long as their level of pride in their cause outmatches ours, we cannot win.
Illusion of Humility
While pride has the power to win wars, what power does humility have? The short answer, it has no power, only the illusion of power in the afterlife,
perpetuated mostly by the Christian religion. This is the Christian message: "If you truly feel pride in what you have done, you will be rewarded in
heaven if you don't outwardly express that pride."
I would argue it is impossible to be humble unless you feel pride. It is impossible to do great things unless you have pride in what you do. If you
achieve something that you aren't proud of, do you really view that as an accomplishment? For me, it would be a very empty accomplishment, and I
would hate to go on with my life doing things I'm not proud of.
If you are proud and you refuse to express it, all you are doing is holding the Truth in. The true state of affairs in the world is that you have
accomplished something great; how does the world benefit by not knowing about this Truth?
So tell me, if the only benefit you get from being humble is reward in the Afterlife, and you don't believe in the Afterlife, what is the point of