In my original post, “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins”, pride is the last yet the most strongest of the seven deadly sins. Pride is described as:
7. Pride: Latin: Superbia, Animal: Horse, Colour: Violet
Pride is the belief in yourself that you are far superior than everyone else. When consumed with this sin, you lose sight of your limitations and cannot be contained within your boundaries. Fine in small doses but dangerous in large situations.
So what exactly is PRIDE?
Pride is not simply a strong belief in oneself, as many would like to believe. Pride extends to the excess of vanity. It is all about thinking too highly of oneself. Pride is bearable in small doses, but when it extends beyond what is bearable, it becomes intolerable from another person’s point of view.
Various Definitions of Pride:
- From Old English “pryde”
- It means “excessive self-esteem”
- Pride is another word for vanity
- Originally Pride was used for a group of Lions
- In acceptable terms it is a feeling of honour and respect.
Why is Pride classed as a Sin and by Whom?
Within Christianity, pride is the sin of all sins in that it is the basis from which all sins arise. Within this context, pride is therefore the severest of all the seven deadly sins. When an individual feels too much pride he has a tendency to look down on other people, viewing himself above all others. When this feeling occurs, according to religious teachings it is the beginning of sinful thoughts.
Pride compared to other Emotions:
Even though pride can be a good vice in that it encourages a person to be the best that they can be, it can be taken to extremes when a person thinks to highly of oneself. When the love for the self is taken to this extreme is becomes vanity and borders on narcissism. In extreme cases, vain people can end up spending too much time, effort and money on themselves thus neglecting the needs of others around them. In such extreme cases simply being proud of oneself is taken beyond the realms of realistic behaviour to the extent of neglecting everything and everyone around you.
- Remember that a little bit of pride is certainly beneficial for you in that it encourages you to remain at your best, be it appearance, performance etc. This emotion is also perfectly natural to indulge in as you need it to succeed in life. After all a total lack of pride results in problems such as low self-esteem which leads to various other negative issues arising. So give yourself credit for keeping your pride in check!
- So when does pride turn to vanity? The answer is quite simple – when you begin to neglect everything else in your quest to be the very best – even to the extent of trying to be the best at any cost! Even you are aware of this vanity overwhelming your every desire. Beware when pride begins to overwhelm you in this manner.
- Recognize pride for what it is and that is its ability to harm your kind thoughts towards other people. This feeling can be so overwhelming that it makes you behave almost despicably when you begin to look down on other people as you genuinely believe you are better than them one way or another. People seize to mean anything to you.
- Consider that when you indulge in the sin of pride and succumb to its allure, you in effect waste resources and time trying to be your best at all costs. Such waste does you no favours, instead leaves you feeling drained at the end of it all. Neither does it bring you happiness as you are continuously under stress to achieve the best.
- Focus on humility as this takes your attention away from the pride. Humility is actually the knowledge that you are indeed proud and trying to do something about it. It is an acknowledgement of the sin of pride. If you are religious, then humility maybe something you have already practised.
- This last option is not usually recommended, but I have found over the years that a good sense of humour is useful in most situations. The ability to laugh at your own image or exaggerated sense of pride can help you to remain well-grounded and well rounded!
So there you have it – all about pride so be aware of how much pride you put into your life and how much can be detrimental.
The Seven Deadly Sins Series
This begins with “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins”
1. Overcoming Lust as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 2. Overcoming Gluttony as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 3. Overcoming Greed as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 4. Overcoming Sloth as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 5. Overcoming Wrath as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 6. Overcoming Envy as One of the Seven Deadly Sins
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