This is alot more serious than I wanted
but it looked good to me - Rick
has been both glorified and condemned by different societies and organizations
through out history. It has many different connotations and definitions.
It can be classified in two categories with each having many different
and sometimes overlapping subcategories. One kind of pride says,"I
am good at what I do and who I am. I will work at making myself better."
This kind of pride implies dignity, satisfaction and confidence. This
kind of pride allows other people to reach whatever potential they
can. This kind of pride includes and strengthens everyone. This kind
of pride is based on good will and courage.
other category says,"I will look better than you whether I am
or not." This kind of pride is usually accompanied by arrogance
and intolerance. This kind of pride excludes and degrades other people.
This kind of pride will try to crush anything that might be equal
to or greater than its abilities. This kind of pride is based upon
insecurity, fear, and cowardice.
attitudes are contradictory. When intolerant pride is the accepted
norm, it inhibits the growth and improvement of those under its influence.
The progress and improvement discovered and developed by those of
good will is repressed and slandered. When the pride of self respect
and tolerance is the accepted norm in a group, even the coward will
live in relative comfort, deserving or not.
All members of the group are beneficiaries of the accomplishments
of those with self respect. The arrogant and intolerant will be spurned
because they seek to destroy a situation that is known by all to be
two types are generalities, it is very rare to find either in its
pure form. Being imperfect and human, most people have both kinds
of pride within them. It is common though, for an individual to harbor
more of one kind of pride than the other. The type of pride that predominates
is often the result of how conscious the person is of their own thoughts,
actions and motivations.
who are controlled by their fears and insecurities often display the
exclusionary form of pride. This is because they spend more time worrying
about the threats that they perceive, than what can be accomplished.
They are not aware of their thoughts and motivations because they
spend all their energy reacting. They react instead of thinking. They
let themselves be controlled by fear.
who think about the reasons for their thoughts, actions and motivations
stand a better chance of realizing the benefits of everyone succeeding.
All of the most successful businesses and organizations, whether they
be democratic or authoritarian in structure, realize the importance
of individuals being able to make decisions and being rewarded for
achievement. They encourage personal responsibility which facilitates
personal dignity. They encourage the concept of the team, which emphasizes
the importance of each individual's contribution. Dale Carnegie learned
his "win win" philosophy from history.
kind of pride that is adopted by a person, organization or society
determines their place in history. Both their accomplishments and
the way that they are remembered will be affected by the kind of pride
that is embraced by a culture. History illustrates the effects of
the the type of pride that permeates the civilizations of human history.
of the great civilizations of history started out as relatively free
thinking societies. From Egypt, Greece and Rome to Great Britain and
The United States of America, they were all started as alliances between
different tribes and peoples which were based on mutual benefit. Their
declines were based on a loss of touch with reality that was based
on an arrogant kind of pride which convinced them that their power,
influence and accomplishments were birth rights which excluded other
peoples. They were always rudely awakened and defeated by the people
that they labeled as "inferior barbarians." The longetivity
of each of these civilizations is an illustration of the power and
success of the pride that is based on dignity and mutual respect which
was a part of their creation.
is only a part of a larger attitude, but the kind of pride that is
chosen has a major effect on the kind of influence that a person or
group has on those around them. Pride can be an unconscious urge or
a conscious decision. It is a useful exercise for people to ask
themselves what kind of pride they have and if it is something
that they chose or something that controls them.
Thoughts and Speculations
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