Whats with pride?December 6, 2010
Pride gets a bad wrap in the world of alcoholism and recovery. Pride, it is said, goes before a fall. Websters defines pride as…
1. a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
So what is this insidious thing we call pride? Thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to? Doesn’t sound too safe or appealing. Not a quality others are likely to find attractive.
So is pride simply error? Is it a misconception? An inaccuracy? Most of us alcoholics allowed pride to keep ourselves locked into destructive ways of thinking and living. Mainly SELF-destructive.
Where does pride come from? Fear? Ignorance? Both?
And how do we arrive at a healthy form of pride? Pride that stops us from acting immorally, inappropriately.
A strange thing this pride. Such a double-edged sword that we use to protect and defend, while at the same time, to commit murder and suicide.