“In reality there is perhaps not one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself,” Benjamin Franklin.
So what’s the answer to Franklin’s analogy and what we all know and have experienced? Pride is a matter of attitude whether victim or perpetrator. If being victimized, the greater the distance between oneself and the perpetrator the better. It’s a behavior that has no outward remedy.
Pride, its destructive forces have plagued and ruined individuals, torn apart the best of friends, splintered families into nothingness.
If one is the perpetrator, eventually this will occur. Prideful attitudes of superiority have a way of alienating one. Which is the opposite of what is desired.
And, perpetrators have the following guarantee. “The pride of your heart has deceived you. You who dwell in the cliffs of the rock, whose habitation is high; you shall say in your heart, who will bring me down to the ground? Though you ascend as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there, I will bring you down,” says the LORD. See Obadiah 1:3-4.
And for the victimized, also know this, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, then to divide the spoil with the proud. He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy are they.” See Proverbs 16:18-20.