Self-Respect vs Pride. TrendyVoice

22 March 2016

Self-Respect vs Pride.

The person with self-respect simply likes her- or himself. This self-respect is not contingent on success because there are always failures to contend
with. Neither is it a result of comparing ourselves with others because there is always someone better.

On the other hand Pride is a feeling that you are more important or better
than other people maybe the best in a group or class or maybe because of having an ability, quality etc. The sin of pride is the sin of sins. It was this sin,
we're told, which transformed Lucifer, an
anointed cherub of God, the very "seal of
perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in
beauty,"1 into Satan, the devil, the father of lies, the one for whom Hell itself was created.
The sin of pride is a preoccupation with self. It is thus very fitting that the middle letter in the word is "i." Pride is all about "me, myself, and I." So even as the word "pride" is centered upon an "i," the sin itself is also centered upon "I."

Self-respect, however, is a given. We simply like ourselves or don't we?. With self-respect, we like ourselves because of who we are and not because of what we can or cannot do. Consider an interesting test of self-respect. If someone compliments us, what is our reaction? If we are very pleased, it would suggest a certain amount of uncertainty about our skill. Imagine that somebody whose opinion we respect told us that we were great at spelling three-letter words, or that our pronunciation of vowels was wonderful. Chances are we would not be moved. We know we can do it in the first case, and we don't care in the second. Because we were not evaluating ourselves, the compliment was unimportant. The more instances in which we don't "take the compliment," the less vulnerable we become to evaluation and insult.

Self-respect, may hold the key to achieving the peace of mind we seek. The two concepts seem very similar but the differences between them are crucial. Choose self-respect.

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