Our dinner table conversation tonight centered around the idea of pride.
I know pride is considered a deadly sin but I also know that we try to teach it to our kids
so I've really been thinking about the nature of pride.
At first I thought that maybe the distinction lies in being proud
of oneself (good) or proud of some thing (bad).
But then I started thinking.... I've created some things that I'm proud of.
I"m not proud of myself for making them but proud of the actual things.
And I don't feel bad about it so maybe that isn't the distinction after all.
Let's say I worked really hard and saved my money to buy some desired thing.
Is it okay to be proud of that thing? To take pride in that thing?
Or does the fact that I take pride in the thing make me a shallow person?
If I'm humble about the thing is it okay but if I brag about the thing it is bad?
Is it good to be proud or is it bad to be proud?
I just don't know.
What do you think?
It is GOOD.
It is the opposite
of disspirited dejection.
Pride makes your life happier.
Pride is indicative of SUCCESS.
It is a joyful emotion.
Applied to yourself, it means that u know that u have done well.
Pride is the opposite
of being ashamed of failure.
When u have something to be proud of,
other people CONGRATULATE u
and wish that thay had it,
like my $10 Gold piece
the first year of issue of any ` gold
by the USA,
in the highest denomination that it was ever issued until 1849,
when thay struck gold
at Sutter 's Mill in California. When I show it to folks, I proudly
tell them, truthfully, that George Washington picked up a feather quil and signed
a parchment statute authorizing Alexander Hamiltion to mint that coin
Thay r ususally thrilled by the history of it.
People shoud make files in their computers
of all the things that thay r proud of.
When I remember things that I have done
that I liked, I feel good and proud of them.
One of my successes was a hedonic creation of joy
about 30 years ago, on New Year 's Day.
I was walking to a movie theater with some ladies,
when a young red
maybe in his early 20s, emerged from a closed construction site
onto the sidewalk and asked me for a quarter. I sent the ladies
on ahead to the theater, and I gave him $5. He was overjoyed.
I said to him: "there 's something I want u to DO
He asked me what it was. I said to him: "Have a HAPPY
. . .new year." He received my blessing exultantly
I was proud of my creation of happiness. It was a good day.
What does Mo think of PRIDE