Philosophy – “The Falsehoods of Pride” – 6/23/2020

“Where one should be proud for their deeds, one should be humble for what such actions make the committed person.”

– Anonymous

It is true in the statement that pride is meant for action, for deeds, for the noble actions that were held of having no choice. One can be internally proud as a hidden pride, in doing right for another, though one should never boast about selflessness. As in, one should never speak so highly about what one has done for another, if they mean to be humble for those selfless deeds. Within earshot of that person, it will make the helped individual appear powerless.

One inevitably humbles themselves, through selflessness, through love. One does not, in fact, humble themselves in direct respect to pride upon their own identification. For that means they are not humble for who they are, as they have not done anything worthwhile for another person.

Pride, for identification, is the epitome of selfishness. For that is because selfishness is defined to be being proud in terms of Sloth, of laziness, of no action. In that sense, one has always desired a choice. Because, to be selfless, means to not have had a choice. For those we love, do we ever say that we had a choice in helping them? To love, is never a choice. For if love is defined as light, then it is just as fast in its enactment, through selfless deeds.

Love does not boast itself, as it always humbles itself upon what noble deeds make the individual selfless person. For one will have a toxic mindset, were they to say for selflessness, that they should be uplifted for those noble and selfless deeds. In being selfless, a person has uplifted another. In being selfish, a person has uplifted themselves.

One should indeed be humble for themselves, and proud for their selfless deeds. Though, that pride should not come about as a boast. It should, in fact, be seen in the eyes of the person, helped. By seeing them in their better state, their better condition, the selfless one comprehends the helped one as the proud one. For it is not that the selfless person did all the work for those they helped. They merely showed the path to those they aided.

Therefore, pride will remain as the toxicity of believing it pertains to identification. This means that a person “proud for their identity”, is a person who believes themselves to have a choice. That is, they have not ever committed to a lack of freedom, a lack of a choice, where a person will inevitably do right for another. They have always reasoned themselves out of being responsible, to take up what is needed for external factors, unrelated to having a choice.