Pride is a negative quality more damaging than it is believed to be. Let us discuss more about it. Firstly, pride results from an overestimation about one’s status with respect to the others. Secondly, the one who is proud of himself, more often than not, carries several misconceptions about what must be taken as ‘statuses’ of a man. Thirdly, in his eagerness to maintain his own status, a proud man tries to manipulate the understanding of the facts and the scale used to measure levels of one’s achievements and also that of the others through one’s efforts or otherwise. These drawbacks harm the proud person directly and the external world indirectly.
The matter does not end here. A proud person, always much more inclined to view himself as a superior human being, may adopt violent and mean methods to lower the ‘status’ of others who, in the perception of the proud person, are superior to him. By doing this, a proud person becomes a real threat to the goodness in this world. The people with pride fall. They imagine themselves to be superior, but they go about becoming meaner than ever. We must keep ourselves away from pride.
It is not wise to set aside a proud person merely as a fool that often harms himself more than he harms others, he must be appropriately dealt with for the benefit of the society.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]