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Lately, I have noticed many examples of *pride* being shown in different usages of the word. They run the gamut from arrogance to self-worth to being proud of someone/something when displaying one’s character and emotional responses. It amazes me how much is performed individually out of pride. When the pride is ego/conceit, the actions are callous and deceitful, when the pride is achievement, it builds strength and character. Conversely, pride can create false pedestals upon which we place men as Gods that soon become shattered dreams as members of a revered sports team participate in a gang-rape. No matter how much pride we have in ourselves or for someone else, human frailties will always exist; the flesh is weak and our minds can be deceived. Pride can be good, but it’s not, if we let it get in the way of ‘good.’
Definition of PRIDE:
1 : the quality or state of being proud: as a : inordinate self-esteem : conceit b : a reasonable or justifiable self-respect c : delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship
2 : proud or disdainful behavior or treatment : disdain 3 a : ostentatious display b : highest pitch : prime 4 : a source of pride : the best in a group or class 5 : a company of lions 6 : a showy or impressive group
Examples of PRIDE from Merriam-Webster:
Being able to work again gave him his pride back.
Getting caught cheating stripped him of his pride.
Pride would not allow her to give up.
It's a matter of pride that he does the work all by himself.
The novel is about a family consumed with pride and vanity.
They needed help, but their pride wouldn't let them ask for it.
I had to swallow my pride and admit I made a mistake.
He showed a great pride in his family.
These young people are the pride of their community.
The pride I want to talk about is self-respect.
My poem: Pride:
It’s easy to be taken away by an ego at play - our own
Or others that need to be kept at bay.
We know what’s happening when the self-indulgent
Charm wraps its cryptic arm around our mind
And body or theirs’ and we throw our cares away.
We capriciously wait for our next breath in sweet delirium
Ostentatiously secure in knowing what is right to say to execute
Our seductive way.
We speak esoteric biology while our body-language fills in with words not anticipating the day of minds in disarray.
It was ego at first but moving on to continue to play the game while lost in denunciation and pretense if we may
Remember that our vulnerabilities will help us learn when to go and when to stay, and when to listen to our hearts pray
To respect ourselves taking personal pride in all that we do and say, as the truth is the means to the end
To mend our minds, blend our souls in mutual self-respect
That will lead the way.
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© 2013 Tuesday March 19 ~ CL1