June 11th, 2020
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins in Christianity while also being one of the five thieves of Sikhism. Pride is also listed as one of the 50 major sins listed in Islam and is also listed in The Hindu Text of Bhagavadgita. Just like greed, pride has been denounced by many faiths and religions of the world.
Pride, in the English language, is described as followed:
- a feeling/deep pleasure/satisfaction stemmed from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
- confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture, and experience.
While these definitions have more of a positive tone that derive self confidence, motivation and self esteem, this may seam contradictory to sin explained in many different faiths. So what does pride mean, in accordance to faith and religion? They can be described as followed in the following verses.
Verses on Pride
Sikhism, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 27
“Deep within, they are drenched with the Essence of the Lord, and the egotistical pride of the mind is subdued.”
Islam, Quran 38:2
“But those who disbelieve are in pride and dissension.”
Bible, New Testament, Galatians 6:3-7
“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Bible, Old Testament, Proverbs 9:23
“To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”
Buddhism: Guatama Buddha
“Let go of anger. Let go of Pride. When you are bound by nothing, you go beyond sorrow.”
Be that as it may, there are verses in faith where pride is seen as positive, such as that of the definition of pride in the English Language.
I tend to question, with our current definition in the English Language vs. the verses and quotes on pride from our faiths, what truly pride is. Is pride arrogance or self confidence? Is pride blind love of oneself or is pride a tool to bolster one’s lack of confidence? Is pride the tool for self confidence, or a tool that takes the place of God/The Higher Power for false self confidence?
Pride may also be known as original sin while pride can also be known as a tool to bring a people who are down up on their feed and stand strong to what has wronged them. Pride may also be seen as contradictory when those who stand strong to wrongdoers become the wrongdoers themselves. Pride can also be seen as growing a vanity of oneself that grows a false love in ego while also being proud to have ran a race in the fight against MS.
The definition of pride, as we know it as in the English language, may also be confused with the definition of confidence and the true definition of pride may be the growth of blind self love and arrogance. Pride has been widely seen, in faith and religions of the world, as the source of arrogance, as the source of defiance, as the source of division.
I do not find myself to be a proud person, I find myself to be a person that holds confidence in the relationship with God/The Higher power, The Earth, and Life all around while continually understanding the wrongs I have learned from and continue doing what is right. I’m not proud at all, I’m just happy that I am alive and know I can always strengthen my confidence and my relationship with what is above, around, and within me.
Pride may be confused with confidence and it could very well be. Confidence, in the English dictionary, is described as the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust and/or a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. As we are individuals part of a whole, self love and arrogance has no room for the greater good of humanity; however, confidence has just as much room for the greater good of humanity as love and happiness do.
Be confident that you have love and happiness in you that you can share with others, not prideful where you only have love and happiness just to share with yourself.