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    What is your take on pride? And I don't mean it in the "my kid won the world series" way... Personally, I always try to avoid being proud, because I just know that in some way it makes people miserable in the end, but it's hard for me to explain why really. I'm starting this thread because I'm basically bored (in a good way), and because I was inspired by the thread in the Anything Goes about love.

    In a situation where I might feel emotionally vulnerable, exposed, and everything inside me tells me not to show that I'm hurting, for some reason I'll make it a point to do so. It's almost like I give people the ability to cause me pain by putting myself out there, and in a very conscience way. It really seems completely unreasonable and yet I do it anyway. It's like in those movies where a guy is being pointed with some type of weapon and he says "come on, do it." I can get into a heated argument, the type where one person might say "I never really liked being with you anyway," and I'll say "well, I did," if it's true. I really hate it if I say stuff that is not true to defend myself, especially when it comes to love, caring, etc. I'd rather feel the burn than lie about what I felt, because it is very important to me. I have to admit that it causes a lot of pain, but I really believe in destroying pride, and that ultimately it's for the better.

    Yeah, writing all of this is embarassing, and might be a little vague, but oh well .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sereno View Post
    What is your take on pride?
    Pride is a perfectly natural human feeling. Nothing to be ashamed about or supressed. What I don't understand is why many people often feel inclined to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" thinking that being proud or admitting to being proud automatically means that the end result will inevitably be an unhealthy, counterproductive form of pride.

    If there's one thing I absolutely loath, it's a bunch of self hate and disdain for our natural impulses and instincts as human beings in favor of some hippy notion of 'enlightenment,' 'intellectualism,' or 'spirituality.' As if one who geniunely enjoys the fruit of their prideful behavior is somehow at a lesser, more 'primitive' stage of human development.

    Complex as we are, there's no reason human beings can't fully enjoy and reconcile with both our carnal nature (pride) and our intellectual nature (humility).

    Quote Originally Posted by Sereno View Post
    Personally, I always try to avoid being proud, because I just know that in some way it makes people miserable in the end, but it's hard for me to explain why really.
    Why do you want to "avoid" being proud? Do you really think that you can ever be a truly well rounded human being by constantly supressing the very instincts that make you human?

    As people, we are both carnal and intellectual. Denying one natural state or inclination in favor of the other will only result in a bunch of conceited, self-deceived fools, every bit as arrogant and egotistical as they claim not to be. The only difference is that latter form of pride will be counterproductive (not to mention driven by latent self-loathing) in regards to securing our own individual happiness.

    I don't know if I even began to adequately answer your question or just went off the rails, but by your own admission (it seems), you're not really giving me much to work with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sereno View Post
    In a situation where I might feel emotionally vulnerable, exposed, and everything inside me tells me not to show that I'm hurting, for some reason I'll make it a point to do so. It's almost like I give people the ability to cause me pain by putting myself out there, and in a very conscience way. It really seems completely unreasonable and yet I do it anyway.
    If this is you not being proud, then why not try actually trusting in your natural instincts rather than fighting them? From the sounds of it, it's not like being 'at war' with yourself has accomplished much in the way of achieving the desirable outcomes you might actually prefer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sereno View Post
    I have to admit that it causes a lot of pain, but I really believe in destroying pride, and that ultimately it's for the better.
    Two paragraphs worth of your own testimony suggests otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeAnte View Post
    Pride is a perfectly natural human feeling. Nothing to be ashamed about or supressed. What I don't understand is why many people often feel inclined to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" thinking that being proud or admitting to being proud automatically means that the end result will inevitably be an unhealthy, counterproductive form of pride.

    If there's one thing I absolutely loath, it's a bunch of self hate and disdain for our natural impulses and instincts as human beings in favor of some hippy notion of 'enlightenment,' 'intellectualism,' or 'spirituality.' As if one who geniunely enjoys the fruit of their prideful behavior is somehow at a lesser, more 'primitive' stage of human development.



    Complex as we are, there's no reason human beings can't fully enjoy and reconcile with both our carnal nature (pride) and our intellectual nature (humility).



    Why do you want to "avoid" being proud? Do you really think that you can ever be a truly well rounded human being by constantly supressing the very instincts that make you human?
    I don't really know what a well rounded human being is. The only thing that I do know, and to me as a fact, is that pride can really hurt other people. What I forgot to mention in my other post was that when I refer to "people," I'm talking about people you might care about. Also, I don't look at it as being at a more "primitive" stage of human development, but to me it makes a person do stupid things just to avoid being hurt, not to mention that it can complicate situations. I do see that people who are proponents of "pride" are usually people who are afraid of having their feelings exposed because it makes them vulnerable, and try to loop-hole it by justifying it at all costs. I'm not implying that I've never been proud, or that there aren't forms of it that are good though. I'm talking about a specific type, which I hope is coming across. For example, in the relationship with my brother, I never really was physically affectionate in situations where I felt I should have been, and I definitely attribute it to pride. Then it got to a point where I saw how stupid it was, and started to open up more, and our relationship got better after that. I don't know if other people feel the same way, but I look at sibling relationships as the easiest to develop pride.


    Quote Originally Posted by DeAnte View Post
    As people, we are both carnal and intellectual. Denying one natural state or inclination in favor of the other will only result in a bunch of conceited, self-deceived fools, every bit as arrogant and egotistical as they claim not to be. The only difference is that latter form of pride will be counterproductive (not to mention driven by latent self-loathing) in regards to securing our own individual happiness.

    I don't know if I even began to adequately answer your question or just went off the rails, but by your own admission (it seems), you're not really giving me much to work with.

    If this is you not being proud, then why not try actually trusting in your natural instincts rather than fighting them? From the sounds of it, it's not like being 'at war' with yourself has accomplished much in the way of achieving the desirable outcomes you might actually prefer.
    Well, if that's the case, then if my natural instincts tell me to slap an annoying little kid in the face, then I should go do it? Or, if I feel like having sex with a woman that is not my wife or significant other? I do trust my natural instincts, and I do agree in not denying what you feel, but they should be guided by reason. If an instinct will take me somewhere that I don't want to be, then I will try to remove it.

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    I think it is really important to be proud of who you are in general, and not necessarily about your relative current success. Success comes and goes but being proud of who you are in general, can contribute to a feeling of self worth and help you do the things that will make you proud of yourself.

    Delusional, boisterous pride can distract you and make you forget that in life, there are always new challenges to face. You have to keep your head somewhat grounded in order to deal effectively with the ongoing challenges in your life.

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    It's all a spectrum. You should be proud with reason about the right things. You shouldn't be proud as a matter of fact if it isn't tied to reality at all (though this may work in your favor). You shouldn't knock yourself down when you really do things well (though you can avoid a lot of perceptual pitfalls this way). I personally am not a very proud person and I think I should be more proud of what I've done and who I am. On the other hand, I also credit that ability to question myself (although a bit too intensively) with allowing me to sidestep the issue of raising myself to the point that other people become negligible. Their are pros and cons, but sensibly I think you have to strike towards that middle ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by munenori2 View Post
    Their are pros and cons, but sensibly I think you have to strike towards that middle ground.
    That's basically what I was getting at.

    Sereno, perhaps I read your post wrong, but it seems like your 2nd paragraph is about betraying your natural inclinations (withholding some personal info) and that was turning out badly. You defined a certain behavior of yours as "unreasonable" because you "know" the alternative to be worse.

    Why do you do that and what kind of behavior would make the situation worse?

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    I always feel like I am so awesome, that I really don't need to be proud. Especially in love settings, it's not a problem for me to be emotionally vulnerable because hey, that only makes me more interesting, and if it doesn't, I'm already so awesome that I'll be interesting and cool anyway.
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    Pride is pretty much the central issue for Nietzsche. According to him, the wrong thing is not to be proud, but to try to deny/repress it.

    However, one should not confuse vanity with pride. The difference is stubble, but significant: pride is the genuine high regard of the self, while vanity is a feeling of insecurity that requires constant reaffirmation from the outside.

    Proud people is quite rare, actually. Since they do not need reaffirmation from the outside, they generally doesn't give it away either and that's what makes them so annoying for most people: after all, the others are insecure underneath and have a subconscious desire to be acknowledged and appreciated externally to compensate for their lack of inner self regard.

    A person who has high self regard doesn't necessarily has low regard for others. That's a myth originated by the vain people, because they are the ones who push others down in an attempt to get higher. Such way of behavior is self deceitful, since it is not based on appreciation of real characteristics of the self and induces further insecurities.

    Finally, I consider myself a proud person, that's why I know so much about the topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeAnte View Post
    That's basically what I was getting at.

    Sereno, perhaps I read your post wrong, but it seems like your 2nd paragraph is about betraying your natural inclinations (withholding some personal info) and that was turning out badly. You defined a certain behavior of yours as "unreasonable" because you "know" the alternative to be worse.

    Why do you do that and what kind of behavior would make the situation worse?
    Well, the type of pride I was talking about is not "taking pride" of something/someone, it's being proud to defend oneself against things/hurt (sorry, but I don't really know how else to explain it). It's what happens in many situations where you see good friends or family members eventually be in non-speaking terms because no one wants to give in. That's what I meant.

    In regards to what you are asking, I would say the reason I do that is because I'd rather feel pain than let a general relationship that I consider good to die out because no one "gives in." To me the situation that's worse to avoiding the pride is just finding ways to hurt the other person by saying stuff like "I never really loved you," "you were never really my friend," etc. It bothers me that people can switch so easily from being in good terms and then all of a sudden ending everything after saying things that they really don't mean.

    A different example of the pride I'm talking about is for example when you might hear "I'm not going to answer the message so soon because it might make me look desperate." Maybe this one is not as clear as the other example, but I do see them related in that it's all about defending yourself in some way. Actually DeAnte, my way of thinking is completely for natural impulses. If someone close to me decides to call me up a thousand times a day I won't be bothered by it, as long it's because they really felt like doing it. Even though it's kind of weird in other views, I'd prefer that than not doing something because you'll be afraid to get hurt. Going back to my original post, I say that it feels unreasonable to expose yourself this way too because there's a good possibility that there is hurt involved. But, to me the benefits are greater later if it pays off.

    I hope this all makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemex View Post
    Pride is pretty much the central issue for Nietzsche. According to him, the wrong thing is not to be proud, but to try to deny/repress it.

    However, one should not confuse vanity with pride. The difference is stubble, but significant: pride is the genuine high regard of the self, while vanity is a feeling of insecurity that requires constant reaffirmation from the outside.

    Proud people is quite rare, actually. Since they do not need reaffirmation from the outside, they generally doesn't give it away either and that's what makes them so annoying for most people: after all, the others are insecure underneath and have a subconscious desire to be acknowledged and appreciated externally to compensate for their lack of inner self regard.

    A person who has high self regard doesn't necessarily has low regard for others. That's a myth originated by the vain people, because they are the ones who push others down in an attempt to get higher. Such way of behavior is self deceitful, since it is not based on appreciation of real characteristics of the self and induces further insecurities.

    Finally, I consider myself a proud person, that's why I know so much about the topic.
    Being that you're at such high a level compared to the many insecure people in this world, why waste your time explaining this if you don't need "reaffirmation from the outside"? Why are you so merciful towards the people in this forum?

    Maybe the proud people are annoying because... they are full of complete shit?

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    It's what happens in many situations where you see good friends or family members eventually be in non-speaking terms because no one wants to give in. That's what I meant.
    Don't you think tough that sometimes these situations aren't necessarily created out of pride of one of the two parties, but out of complete incompatibility between people? There have been a number of times in which I refused to speak with a ex-girlfriend; she accused me of being "proud" for this behavior. To me, instead, it was simply a matter of efficiency: we had a bad break-up, our story hadn't been that good, so I saw no point of re-evoking things for no particular reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana View Post
    The times when I've let myself be vulnerable, I haven't regretted. That kind of honesty makes me feel a whole lot of freedom. It's fear disguised as pride though Sereno, not just pride. Really, it's just fear that holds people back. True pride and self assurance allows you to have that honesty, and say what's true without fear. You don't need to hide behind deceit and falsehoods trying to create an impression, you can just be you.
    There, right there. That's exactly the type of thing I meant in my paragraph thread about finding that core principle upon which so much can be built and behavior can be understood. In fact, I almost used that as an example - how fear of hurt, or reaction to hurt, is really a big driving force in people and how so much of a person's behavior, especially negative, stems from that. Once that seed of a principle is understood, so much about the world makes sense. This is something that I can understand and figure out instinctually, sort of, but it also needs a kind of articulation to make it clearer, especially if you're going to try to show it to other people.


    Oh, and I agree with the rest of what you said about pride. Humility, the opposite of pride, requires an inner confidence and strength in both oneself and in what is right and good.

    There's a quote by CS Lewis that has haunted me for quite some time:

    "Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana View Post
    The times when I've let myself be vulnerable, I haven't regretted. That kind of honesty makes me feel a whole lot of freedom. It's fear disguised as pride though Sereno, not just pride. Really, it's just fear that holds people back. True pride and self assurance allows you to have that honesty, and say what's true without fear. You don't need to hide behind deceit and falsehoods trying to create an impression, you can just be you.
    Well, I see that pride is a result of fear in many cases. That's why I mentioned that it feels unreasonable to let go of the pride and be vulnerable because of that fear, yet I consider it to be better than to avoid the risk.


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    Don't you think tough that sometimes these situations aren't necessarily created out of pride of one of the two parties, but out of complete incompatibility between people? There have been a number of times in which I refused to speak with a ex-girlfriend; she accused me of being "proud" for this behavior. To me, instead, it was simply a matter of efficiency: we had a bad break-up, our story hadn't been that good, so I saw no point of re-evoking things for no particular reason.
    That's true. It seems as if I'm generalizing it, but what I really meant was in those cases where pride was the cause.


    Quote Originally Posted by Minde View Post
    There, right there. That's exactly the type of thing I meant in my paragraph thread about finding that core principle upon which so much can be built and behavior can be understood. In fact, I almost used that as an example - how fear of hurt, or reaction to hurt, is really a big driving force in people and how so much of a person's behavior, especially negative, stems from that. Once that seed of a principle is understood, so much about the world makes sense. This is something that I can understand and figure out instinctually, sort of, but it also needs a kind of articulation to make it clearer, especially if you're going to try to show it to other people.
    I think that if you are able to articulate something, then it means that you can structure it in some way. However, I personally think that being able to articulate something so that it makes sense doesn't necessarily mean that it's meaningful. (lol, idk if this makes sense). There are people who I've heard say that the way to God is through philosophy. Honestly, considering all of the many philosophical essays and views, I would think that it's not converging into a universal way of thinking. What I'm getting at is that many times one can be trying to explain something about oneself or others, such as fear and the like, saying it in a very articulate and senseful way, and yet what you get as a result is just a form of "art," and in no way something that leaves the subjective to the factual. Anyway, that's what I think.


    Quote Originally Posted by Minde View Post
    There's a quote by CS Lewis that has haunted me for quite some time:

    "Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
    I would think that by putting it in a casket, it wouldn't be vulnerable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sereno View Post
    Well, I see that pride is a result of fear in many cases. That's why I mentioned that it feels unreasonable to let go of the pride and be vulnerable because of that fear, yet I consider it to be better than to avoid the risk.
    I agree, that pride is often rooted in fear. And sometimes stubbornness. When it comes to emotional matters, I find it very difficult to drop those defences - pride as one such - and be vulnerable. That is probably the most difficult and frankly terrifying thing for me. But if I see someone is able to do it then it becomes easier to do so? I think the only person I am wholly able to show my emotional vulnerability to is unefille, and that's because we have set up a pattern over so many years that demonstates to me that ok, I can be open and completely honest here. But even then, I'm not being emotionally vulnerable to her, but rather letting her see how I am vulnerable. I've never been in a relationship where I am emotionally vulnerable to the other person (I'm an only child, and I think emotional dependence better characterises my relationship to my parents than vulnerability). And that...well, that would be terrifying, but also possibly exhilirating? I don't know. I don't think it would be easy, though. As much as I know, intellectually know that being proud and stubborn and closed-off is wrong and potentially hurtful, I know I do it. And that is certainly rooted in fear.

    I think that if you are able to articulate something, then it means that you can structure it in some way. However, I personally think that being able to articulate something so that it makes sense doesn't necessarily mean that it's meaningful. (lol, idk if this makes sense). There are people who I've heard say that the way to God is through philosophy. Honestly, considering all of the many philosophical essays and views, I would think that it's not converging into a universal way of thinking. What I'm getting at is that many times one can be trying to explain something about oneself or others, such as fear and the like, saying it in a very articulate and senseful way, and yet what you get as a result is just a form of "art," and in no way something that leaves the subjective to the factual. Anyway, that's what I think.
    Hmm, yeah I get what you're saying. My diagnosis would be...*drumroll* you are a postmodernist! Haha, sorry. Sometimes I think I'm more amusing than I am... Seriously though, knowledge is pluralistic, and that knowledge can be eloquently expressed from a number of starting points, for a number of ends. Doesn't make any one strand more valid than another. Are there any universal truth or facts? Or is it all subjective? Is it up to us, as thinking, feeling, functioning human agents, to have to choose what we believe in, and own up to that choice?

    So yeah, I can justify why I sometimes act 'proud' even though I know it is not something I want to be. I could even possibly, if you catch me on a good day, do it so well I could convince myself and others of its veracity. But does that make it true? In a manner of speaking, yes. But does it make it one of my 'truths'? No. Does it mean I have contributed anything meaningful to the discussion? Definitely not.

    Hmm...I have no idea where I was going with that. Or what relevance it has. Merp. Blame it on reading waaay too much on post-structuralism today...I can't help all this stuff burbling out!

    I would think that by putting it in a casket, it wouldn't be vulnerable?
    I think that's the point of the quote? That it would be invulnerable, but it would also be an empty, cold existence. That quote makes a lot of sense to me though. Like, I get what it's saying. Doesn't mean I know how to actualise it though. (I don't.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Don't you think tough that sometimes these situations aren't necessarily created out of pride of one of the two parties, but out of complete incompatibility between people? There have been a number of times in which I refused to speak with a ex-girlfriend; she accused me of being "proud" for this behavior. To me, instead, it was simply a matter of efficiency: we had a bad break-up, our story hadn't been that good, so I saw no point of re-evoking things for no particular reason.
    I understand what you're saying here, FDG, definitely--I'm in the process of learning this though: regardless of personal history, I'm not sure that it's ever beneficial to totally discount someone... (I have done that, BTW, i.e. totally discounted someone.)

    Two of the most rewarding relationships I have now are ones where I didn't talk to the person for a few years b/c of anger/disgust, w/e, but we started talking again and now it's totally different than before... It's much, much better.

    In one case, she worked a lot on improving herself--and I did too. Now it's awesome..! We were 20 last time that we fought, and now, five or six years later: we both grew up and it's totally different.

    In that case, if you'd have asked me a year ago if I'd ever talk to this girl again, I would've said "hell no." So I guess what I'm trying to say is: (two cliches,) it doesn't hurt to keep an open-mind, and you never know.

    Like you're saying though, sometimes you definitely need time apart from another person--especially if you're in a bad pattern with them... Time helps you to forgive whatever they might've done to you, and also helps you to get on with your life... For example, I still love this person I lived with at the beginning of last year, but I would not want there to be much communication--other than "hi, what's goin on?" type of stuff--for a year or two... We both need to grow up. Someday though, hopefully we'll be friends again, and maybe more... If we both change for the better, I wouldn't bet against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idolatrie View Post
    I agree, that pride is often rooted in fear. And sometimes stubbornness. When it comes to emotional matters, I find it very difficult to drop those defences - pride as one such - and be vulnerable. That is probably the most difficult and frankly terrifying thing for me. But if I see someone is able to do it then it becomes easier to do so? I think the only person I am wholly able to show my emotional vulnerability to is unefille, and that's because we have set up a pattern over so many years that demonstates to me that ok, I can be open and completely honest here. But even then, I'm not being emotionally vulnerable to her, but rather letting her see how I am vulnerable. I've never been in a relationship where I am emotionally vulnerable to the other person (I'm an only child, and I think emotional dependence better characterises my relationship to my parents than vulnerability). And that...well, that would be terrifying, but also possibly exhilirating? I don't know. I don't think it would be easy, though. As much as I know, intellectually know that being proud and stubborn and closed-off is wrong and potentially hurtful, I know I do it. And that is certainly rooted in fear.
    I get the impression when I get closer to some people that for "opening up" to occur, I always have to initiate it. Actually, that's fine by me, but I expect there to be some openness in return eventually. It is scary to open up completely, but I wouldn't hesitate to do it with the right person. I do have a tendency of saying more than what I would like to say in some situations, so it's nice to not have to worry about that anymore. There is something very stimulating () to me about being intrusted with innermost feelings and the like. I wait patiently to be given that chance, but it doesn't happen nearly as much as I would like it with people.


    Quote Originally Posted by idolatrie View Post
    Hmm, yeah I get what you're saying. My diagnosis would be...*drumroll* you are a postmodernist! Haha, sorry. Sometimes I think I'm more amusing than I am... Seriously though, knowledge is pluralistic, and that knowledge can be eloquently expressed from a number of starting points, for a number of ends. Doesn't make any one strand more valid than another. Are there any universal truth or facts? Or is it all subjective? Is it up to us, as thinking, feeling, functioning human agents, to have to choose what we believe in, and own up to that choice?

    So yeah, I can justify why I sometimes act 'proud' even though I know it is not something I want to be. I could even possibly, if you catch me on a good day, do it so well I could convince myself and others of its veracity. But does that make it true? In a manner of speaking, yes. But does it make it one of my 'truths'? No. Does it mean I have contributed anything meaningful to the discussion? Definitely not.

    Hmm...I have no idea where I was going with that. Or what relevance it has. Merp. Blame it on reading waaay too much on post-structuralism today...I can't help all this stuff burbling out!
    lol. I've never heard of postmodernism, I'll have to read up on it.



    Quote Originally Posted by idolatrie View Post
    I think that's the point of the quote? That it would be invulnerable, but it would also be an empty, cold existence. That quote makes a lot of sense to me though. Like, I get what it's saying. Doesn't mean I know how to actualise it though. (I don't.)
    Oh ok... When I first read it I thought that it was saying how to love, by keeping the heart in a coffin, etc. I got it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sereno View Post
    Being that you're at such high a level compared to the many insecure people in this world, why waste your time explaining this if you don't need "reaffirmation from the outside"? Why are you so merciful towards the people in this forum?

    Maybe the proud people are annoying because... they are full of complete shit?
    The question would be: why do you ask a question if you've already settled your mind? It seems obvious to me, that you didn't really ask to know; you only seek confirmation.

    Also, you don't even seem to have an opinion. You simply have prejudice mostly coming from the Christian tradition. Humility and pride are not opposites; in fact, are likely to be on the same side of the scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemex View Post
    The question would be: why do you ask a question if you've already settled your mind? It seems obvious to me, that you didn't really ask to know; you only seek confirmation.

    Also, you don't even seem to have an opinion. You simply have prejudice mostly coming from the Christian tradition. Humility and pride are not opposites; in fact, are likely to be on the same side of the scale.
    Opinion on what? And how am I being prejudiced?

    Also, I never said that they are both opposites, or even mentioned humility in any of my posts. I don't like treating things as being opposites, and having to find the "middle."

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    Quote Originally Posted by istpunk View Post
    it depends.

    Someone being proud that their daughter/son just got a job as an executive or got into some good school is insecure and seems more like bragging.

    Someone being proud that their parents or grandparents busted ass trying to make it in America and talking about their achievements is to me an informative pride that is useful in discussion.
    i can agree with this. there's a difference between being proud of something and just bragging in an insecure sort of way.
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    I'm very modest, I only worship myself as a god.

    You should worship me too, I promise a higher success rate at fulfilling your prayers than the other deities. No bullshit.

    You may also sacrifice some goats in my honor.
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