Comic Sans MS – (I still can’t think of anything to write, but I found an article about pride. I haven’t been up to much. My sister, on the other hand, called to let us know that she’d gotten married. I’m happy that she’s happy. I’m expecting a few packages, which is great respite from the usual mail of bank statements and volunteer notices. I don’t even rate credit card offers as mail.)
Pride is a form of self-worship and is most often manifested in the most subtle ways. Pride is blinding. For this reason is often difficult to see it in ourselves, and yet easy to see it in others. For example, here are a few of the many manifestations of pride listed in this booklet:
Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities – Some proud people may not seem proud at all, because they are down on themselves. This is still pride because one is focused on self and wants self to be elevated.
Talking too much – proud people who talk too much often do it because they thing what they have to say is more important than what anyone else has to say.
Seeking independence or control – Some proud people find it extremely difficult to work under someone else or to submit to authority.
Being consumed with what others think – Some proud people are too concerned about the opinion of others.
A lack of service – Proud people may not serve because they are not thinking of others or want to be coaxed and given recognition.
Being sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading – proud people can be unkind to people.
Being impatient or irritable with others – Proud people may be angry with others because they are concerned that their own plan is being ruined.
Using attention-getting tactics – A proud person may try to draw attention to themselves through dress, bizarre behavior, rebellion, etc…
Not having close relationships – Proud people often have no use for close relationships, thinking that the trouble outweighs the benefits. They may see themselves as so self-sufficient that they do not need other people.
This partial list of the manifestations of pride is barely the tip of the iceberg. There are probably as many different ones as there are people. Of course, this begs the question: What are the manifestations of humility?
(The booklet that is refered to is called “From Pride to Humility” and it’s an excerpt from the exemplary christian husband series by Stuart Scott. I couldn’t find the manifestations of humility, though I would think they are the opposite of pride.)