I find the sin of Pride to be rather . . . confounding. On the surface it’s easy to see. But when one goes deeper, it gets more and more difficult as is it’s nature, I think. I struggle with it as everyone does (which is why the Litany of Humility bothered me), but I find myself wondering about the supposedly good things it can do and how to reconcile that. Our children need us to have some pride in them to grow. When we complete a difficult task, we are often proud of ourselves and will use that again in the future to continue to complete difficult tasks. We might find humility rewarding (one of my personal vices) and strive to continue to look for the Truth in humility.
I want to find a new word for these things, such as dignity, but I’m not sure that is the best way to figure this out. Even one of the definitions of dignity in the Oxford Dictionary uses the word pride within it.
1 The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
1.1 A composed or serious manner or style.
1.2 A sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.
1.3 A high or honorable rank or position.
Though I wonder if this second definition of of dignity would be more accurate for what I am talking about. Worthy seems to make more sense.
Dignity comes from the Latin dignitas (dignus) which means worthiness (worthy). When we break down worthy, is basically means deserving. In this sense, pride in ones’ children, or pride in ones’ accomplishments makes more sense. But where does pride here become a sin? Where does is cross the line from being accurate to prideful? One of the more memorable definitions of humility that I read in passing (somewhere I can’t remember) was that humility is simply accepting reality; seeing and accepting the truth.
To keep in this vein of thinking, I have been taught, and find truth to it, that all Pride is sin. Which is why I’m searching for other words to describe these actions or situations. I have been also been told by a priest that not all pride is bad, that some is warranted. I flinched at this because I find the thought to be potentially dangerous.
So, to keep in the rather meandering vibe of this post, is all pride sin? Or can it be said that having that sense of accomplishment or that sense of joy in ones’ children is humility as long as it’s reality? Where does it cross the line from being a good thing to to being the root of all sin?
For a short post, this was rather difficult to write. It’s written down as a thought process and as much as I would like to clean it up, I’ll leave it. I’ll leave something out if I try and I don’t want to forget anything.