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I am not talking about joyful satisfaction in achieving a desired result (e.g. delight in having produced an aesthetically pleasing item of pottery) but the kind of pride which blots out truth, distorts reality. It is a failure to recognise that every attribute possessed by an individual comes ultimately from outside of space and time, as does the entire universe – which is a euphemism for saying we are created in a supernatural realm. As Mick Jagger said: ‘everything I have I owe to God.’
Self love is not the same as pride. Loving yourself is wishing yourself to be good in the eyes of God. This is how we love our enemies - wanting them to be good in the same sense. The proud think they are already OK. They are out of kilter with reality, with truth, and that usually causes something to go wrong.
Deregulation of the financial system has had and continues to have dangerous consequences and not only from human greed. Traders and investors lose their grip on reality because they are bloated with pride in their financial shrewdness or prowess. Computer systems are used to trade in fractions of a second to make money and the persons responsible for setting up and authorising such trading technology bask in pride because of short term, market distorting gains and fail to see the consequences of neglecting companies which could make money by doing something useful. In the long term this means financial chaos, massive unemployment and social collapse.
Finally, I read recently why pride is uniquely sinful. To quote C.S.Lewis, from his classic book Mere Christianity: 'Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison....Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind..... Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.'