Pride kills. We’ve heard about this and likely can associate with it to some degree. If there is any one trait within the human soul that defines who we are is is the pride we carry within ourselves. That pride determines how we go about with our actions as it is a key factor in what trains our thoughts to carry out whatever we choose to do.
For the most part, that pride is often tempered with life’s experiences. The most humble among us tend to utilize what they’ve learned from living, making a point that pride is not nearly as important as humility. Anything and everything worth learning about and fighting for revolves more around the importance of embracing humanity for what it’s worth. This includes not being afraid to live, love, laugh and to be happy with what you already have right now instead of pining over what you feel you deserve. People who put humility before pride realize every asset they have in their life, whether it be property or people, is a blessing and they take the time to count them for their true value because in a heartbeat all of it can be taken away for no rhyme or reason.
There is nothing wrong with being proud of who we are and what we’ve accomplished, but the moment we allow pride to stand in the way we are prone to become arrogant. This is where the fine line between embracing our humanity for what it’s worth or corrupting it into something entirely different is often chosen, based on how much that pride means to the individual.
“Don’t look down!” That is a quote often shouted out by rock climbers and motivational speakers, as is “Don’t look back!”
It is the belief of those who feel looking back or down that doing so prevents each of us from achieving our true potential. This is where I disagree. In the case of the rock climber, I understand how disorientating it can be to look down before you’ve reached the top. Doing so may ignite a hint of doubt as to whether or not this climb you are doing is worth it. It may convince that rock climber to quickly find a way back down to the ground to safety rather than maintain course to the top. By looking down it sends a dose of reality exactly where that rock climber is and at that point a decision needs to be made as to which direction is the better route to go. In my eyes, there is no such thing as right or wrong in this regard. It is actually more courageous for a rock climber, after looking down to see where he’s been, to keep climbing towards the top of that mountain than to do so with the tunnel vision of only looking forward. On the same note it is equally courageous for a rock climber to realize that perhaps returning to the ground for the time being is a better alternative than allowing arrogance to kick in and force that climber forward into something he/she may not be as ready for as originally thought.
When we’re driving a vehicle one of the most important lessons we are told is to always check the rear view mirror, side mirrors and shoulder check, especially whenever we’re about to change lanes. One of the most common accidents I’ve learned about is somebody made that failure to pay be on the lookout for all that is around before making that turn. Even if everything looks clear, it is still a smart move to check because you never know. Out of the blue some speedster can seem to jump out of nowhere and cause your steering to go astray.
I feel this is how it is in life too. As we speed along doing our thing, whatever it is, if we fail to observe all that is around us and take care of the fact that we are not the center of the universe we’d like to think we are, we’re paving the way for a multitude of accidents to occur.
It is said that the majority of accidents that occur in our lives are preventable. I also agree with this. The most common mistake people tend to make is allowing their arrogance get in the way of exercising better judgement. This has been the case since the dawn of time and until mankind learns to keep pride in it’s place to avoid becoming arrogant in the first place, this will never change. In the case of Cain and Abel, Cain’s ego was bruised when God accepted Abel’s offerings over his. The inability for Cain to swallow his pride and accept a situation for what it is and try to learn from it, he chose to inflate that pride that much more by killing Abel so that between these two brothers he was the only one left standing.
Pride kills. Pride is a beast within us that is always clawing to get out. It will do anything and everything it can to weaken your other senses just enough to catapult itself over the best parts about you. The arrogance within that pride wants to be on top and never wants to be proven wrong. It never wants to come in second place where you are concerned. For as long as you live and breathe, that pride within you will never leave you alone.
I’m not saying pride is bad thing. Pride is a survivalist and a very good one at that. We need that pride to help us as human beings achieve whatever it is we need to do in order to live, learn and grow. However, pride must be handled in the same manner as we handle an animal or even our own children. Pride must be kept in check and the best way to go about that is train it to always remember that its importance must never be allowed to overinflate itself to the point where it explodes into blind arrogance. Pride, without humility to temper it, causes us to say and do things that do more harm than good. Pride that goes unchecked, will fail to see the wrongs for what they are and continue to perform them with that blind arrogance into thinking that there is nothing it can do wrong.
This is the same arrogance we see in the Elite 1%, the Illuminati, the government, our policing/military forces, major corporations and anyone else who has a profound influence on our daily lives. Once upon a time the majority of these people did have their pride kept in check but somewhere along the way they allowed arrogance to take over based on whatever situation it was that caused them to go this route.
In sports, the pride of peak performance in order to beat the competition all too often takes center stage and the fun intended behind that particular sport is lost. Although there is nothing wrong with healthy competition, it only stays healthy for as long as it remains fun. The moment the arrogance sets in that losing is simply not an acceptable option, there is almost a demonic possession that takes place where winning at all costs is more important than playing an honorable game.
This same competitive spirit is also witnessed in business, family, hobbies and social environments. The most arrogant among us can’t stand that we’re stuck at the bottom of the professional pyramid that we’ll use any means necessary to climb to the top. This includes stepping on other people without any regard for what we’re doing to get it. Families with the most egotistical members in it will stop at nothing to put their loved ones at the top, even if it means crushing other families who do not share their vision or bloodlines to get there.
Royalty is a fine example of families who think simply because they’ve been born into a specific bloodline that they are automatically better than everyone else. Not every member born into a royal family is quite so arrogant, but the majority of them are, mainly because this is how they are raised from childhood to adulthood. Bred to believe that it is their right to be above everyone else, these particular individuals have never been introduced to what humanity is supposed to be about. They are often trained into believing humanity is a disease and that every man, woman and child that is not a part of their bloodline or social status are to be treated like vermin.
How many programs have we seen where within such a family there’d be that one black sheep that is nothing at all like the rest of them? How often do we relate to that person because, unlike the rest of her filthy rich relatives, she has acknowledged and embraced her humanity for all that it’s worth? Instead of apathetically writing random checks to various charities, thinking it’s good enough, she’ll spend countless hours volunteering. Each time she tries to have anything to do with her family, hoping they’d appreciate what she’s doing and be proud of her, she is shunned by them. They don’t understand why one of their own can’t class herself up and be more like them. On the same note, she is heartbroken that her own parents can’t bring themselves to respect who she is and the choices she’s made in her life. All she wants is to be a better person and has realized doing so through humility is a better option than keeping her nose in the air, pretending to be something she knows she’s not.
No matter who we are, where we are, what we think and what we do, all of it depends on what role our pride has taken in it. Are we letting the humility of our heartfelt intentions keep our pride in check, or is it all about personal ego? For me, I’d like to think my heart is in the right place, but I know I fall victim to my pride’s wrath far too often than I should. Whenever I know my ego has been bruised, there is that side to me that wants to lash out and shred apart the person or situation that had the nerve to do so. Most of the time I can keep that prideful wrath in check, but I have had my moments where I’ve allowed pride to take over and engage in whatever tactics necessary to get my point across. This includes lying, thieving, bullying and cheating to get the job done. However, each time I’ve gone this route I realize I’m really hurting myself more than my intended victim. I’d like to think that this is the humble side of me that gives me those occasional hard doses of reality that this world is not about me. I am not the center of the universe and I am just another person that happens to share this world with other people who are no worse or no better than I am. We are all equal.
We each have our own battles that test our pride (and our faith) on a daily basis. Sometimes we come out on top and keep our humility (and humanity) in tact. Sometimes we don’t. However, the best hope the human race has is to see to it that the true monster that comes from pride, arrogance, comes face to face with enough humility to realize that mankind cannot survive on a diet fed by ego. We need nourishment to the heart, mind, body and soul and that comes from living a life full of love, warmth, hope and natural growth.
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