25 to Life in Pride Prison

May 21, 2018 — 1 Comment


Pride is often said to be the worst of the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth) and it certainly has my vote. They’re each “deadly” but it seems to me that pride itself is the root of the others. The things I’ve done in my life for which I am burdened with a life sentence of regret were all born of pride.

Humility, the antithesis of pride, is a virtue, and such an attractive one that I’ve long sought it but always fall short. It’s so very frustrating! I feel humble but something inside holds me back from realizing it.

I wrestled with this for years until one day it hit me like a ton of bricks! It was pride keeping me from humility. Of course! When I began to focus on shedding pride rather than expressing humility I finally found myself getting closer to it. When I say closer, I mean that now I can see a spec of light at the end of the tunnel using a recreational telescope instead of the Hubble.

Success breeds success and I’ll keep trying until my last day. Maybe I’ll even get paroled from some of these life sentences of regret! Please don’t judge me though when you see me failing, I’m only human after all.

Now go make this world a better place.

One response to 25 to Life in Pride Prison


    Hi John,
    I found your comments to be quite interesting. I can’t say I’ve ever given pride much thought, but I have spent some time pondering humility. The question that has always puzzled me is, is it paradoxical to say, “I have become a humble person?” For the sake of argument let’s say that I’ve truly achieved humility. Could I acknowledge it without tainting this virtue with pride? I really don’t know. I did some quick searching on what other’s thought about the opposite of humility. Surprising to me, most of the websites that talk about it are religious in nature. Some concluded pride was the opposite, but other’s disagreed, replacing pride with ambition, selfishness, conviction or hubris. Etymology isn’t my thing, so I don’t have a clue how these words evolved or relate. While I lend a skeptical eye towards religion, I admit that these religious groups were making a valiant, honest attempt to understand what “humility” constitutes. One particular site defined humility ostensibly as “being in the service of others, without reference to oneself.” That last part begs for a simple question but demands a difficult answer. Anyway, when I think about your comment, is it possible that pride isn’t what’s keeping you from humility, but humility itself? Is it reasonable to say that to acknowledge one has attained humility, is to simultaneously lose it? Regardless, your pursuit is honorable…best wishes.


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