The Seven Sins - Pride

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves

- Emily Bronte -

Pride is an emotion that generally moves between two poles: on the positive side, a fulfilled sense of attachment or belonging; and on the more negative side, an excessive belief in one’s superiority over other people. This kind of overweening pride closely associates with haughtiness, arrogance, vanity and all other forms of self-delusion, which consequently lead one to one’s own destruction.

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold

– Thomas Jefferson -

The story of Lucifer is by far one of the best-known examples, in which pride and a desire to compete with God caused the fall of this angel from Heaven and his subsequent transformation into Satan. By rejecting who we actually are, putting on thin masks and drowning in miserable illusions, humans push themselves into the hole of tragedy and commit the most serious of the seven deadly sins – the origin of all sins.

This view can be justified if we analyze the significant correlation between pride and the other six deadly sins. Pride generates within us the illusion that our abilities and accomplishments well exceed those of any other and that we are therefore naturally entitled to certain privileges. Pride allows us to do a smaller portion of the work, while consuming more food than others or having more wealth than others. In this way, pride leads us to commit the sins of sloth, gluttony and greed, respectively. It should be clear that our anger, violence or infliction of punishment on others can be deemed as an attempt to share the right of revenge with God. By implying that we are His equal and in a position to direct our anger at another, the sin of Wrath is actually based on pride. Similarly, many of our sins can be traced back to pride – the one sin from which all other selfish and sinful acts arise.

We are rarely proud when we are alone

- Voltaire -

Rather, we might often fail to recognize our committed sins due to our pride. It is a poisonous emotion that makes us blind to what we have done wrong by maintaining the illusion that we are entitled to do whatever we want with no regard to other people around us. In this way, pride gives us the “permission” to sin. On the other hand, humility enables us to constantly compare ourselves to God and see where we fall short. Just as pride is the root of all sins, humility is that of all virtues. We should always seek to be humbleand recognize our need for kindness, grace, instruction and correction.

Pride is commonly associated with the images of horse, peacock or lion, as well as the color violet. In America and Europe, where the color has been linked with royalty, the color of violet represents vanity, extravagance, individualism and is a color to attract attention, just as a peacock’s tail.

@Kevin La