Is Pride Good Or Bad?
Pride is a tough subject, an emotion that people debate about quite a bit, is it a good feeling or viewed as a bad, egotistical expression one carries. Is there a middle ground to this debate, can people be on the fence about ‘pride’? (It’s neither good or bad, just use it in moderation)… I ask you readers, where do you stand on being prideful? Not sure what your stance is on this topic?! Would you like a little more information on this fascinating emotion? No problem… let’s check this out…
What Is Pride
Information from Wikipedia!
Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two antithetical meanings. With a negative connotation pride refers to a foolishly and irrationally corrupt sense of one’s personal value, status or accomplishments, used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a humble and content sense of attachment toward one’s own or another’s choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, and a fulfilled feeling of belonging.
Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self and the mastery of relevant conceptual distinctions through language-based interaction with others. Some social psychologists identify the nonverbal expression of pride as a means of sending a functional, automatically perceived signal of high social status. In contrast pride could also be defined as a lowly disagreement with the truth. One definition of pride in the former sense comes from St. Augustine: “the love of one’s own excellence”. A similar definition comes from Meher Baba: “Pride is the specific feeling through which egoism manifests.”
Pride is sometimes viewed as corrupt or as a vice, sometimes as proper or as a virtue. While some philosophers such as Aristotle (and George Bernard Shaw) consider pride (but not hubris) a profound virtue, some world religionsconsider pride’s fraudulent form a sin, such as is expressed in Proverbs 11:2 of the Old Testament. In Christianity, pride is one of the Seven Capital Sins. When viewed as a virtue, pride in one’s abilities is known as virtuous pride, greatness of soul or magnanimity, but when viewed as a vice it is often known to be self-idolatry, sadistic contempt, vanity or vainglory. Pride can also manifest itself as a high opinion of one’s nation (national pride) and ethnicity (ethnic pride).
When To Be Proud
Here’s the deal… like all things, ‘there’s a time and place for pride!’ Pride can be a good thing! It brings groups of people together to form a bond, to cheer together, to be united! Viking fans have purple pride, we come together to eat chicken wings, sip a cold drink, watch the game and yell at the TV screen, while laughing, talking and bonding among the crowd of fans. BUT this awesome pride can also bring out the worst in people and their situation. How about relationships? do you think pride ought to be used during an argument/fight, or when you know it’s going to hurt the other person? The answer here is NO! Pride can ruin a relationship, so please know when to use it and when not to… Ever heard of swallow your pride? well, the time to swallow your pride would be when it will cause pain, hurt, sadness, anger, and any other negative reaction. So please ‘think before you do’ (should I show my pride now? will it have a negative or positive outcome to be so proud?!)
Well, you lovely readers, I give you permission to be a PROUD TwinCitiesView subscriber (how about that?!) It’s safe to huddle, mingle, read, and be a part of the awesome TCV community pride! Only good will come of it (yes, I’m cheesing, winking, throwing up a #1 sign, and giving you all a big hug!)
Take care and welcome to the 2017 (the year of amazing things!)
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