“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.”
― C.G. Jung
False pride ( i.e. delusional beliefs) are a barrier to progress
Such people/cultures/countries are not able to
- readily admit to mistakes or apologise
- ask for help
- say ‘i don’t know’
- listen and learn from others/outsiders with more knowledge/experience.
Instead pride is used as a compensation for low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, a sense of not belonging/fitting in, and consequently the need to exaggerate everything, simply make things up, or try to feel better about their failings by basking in the success of others
At a national level it is pure propaganda aimed at diverting thoughts from the reality of peoples day to day misery and tribulations through emotional appeals, and also politicians trying to associate with others successes to cover up their own failures.
A government pushing ‘pride’ is afraid of criticism and one of image not substance
A populace believing in ‘pride’ is a malleable group driven by emotions not facts
Empty vessels make the most noise – and lazy copycats are the quickest to jump on some-one else’s bandwagon.
“ Jingoism, racism, fear, religious
fundamentalism: these are the ways
of appealing to people if you’re trying
to organize a mass base of support for
policies that are really intended to
In the right place, in proportion and in perspective, pride can be positive.
Genuine pride should arise primarily from personal accomplishment/contribution. ‘Take pride in your work’ is a positive use of pride, where pride is the composite feeling of concrete specifics and outcomes of direct achievements, not manufactured or nebulous, and not something to dwell on. As with a good chef, you are only as good as your next meal.
Core corporate and personal values should include
Leadership via mentorship
Endeavour, and quality standards/output
“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is
man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-
given. Be careful.”