The Blindness Of PrideA niece, a son, and a wife all lay dead at the foot of the man who played a major role in their death. King Creon stands above Antigone, Haemon, and Eurydice mourning the loss of those whom he loved most dearly in life. But the murder weapon used by Creon was not the knife, ax, gun, or club as might be expected. In this instance, the instrument of death is in fact a flaw in character. His weapon of choice is pride.
Pride, if carefully maintained, can be a positive influence on character; it can foster confidence in a person, leading him or her to do something that would have otherwise been thought impossible. In many cases, however, pride leads to an inflated personal image and an excessive feeling of self worth.
Not long ago, I took the opportunity to travel to some of the most wonderous, and most poverty stricken, places on earth. Making my way through ruin filled streets, dirt roads, and simple pahways, I glanced around, taking in my surroundings. To my left, I watch as a group of bone-thin, flea covered mongrels fight over the remnants of what appears to be a goat.
Even though this scene is gruesome, the sight to my right is even more disturbing. A family of five or six children wearing rag-tag, dirt-stained shirts is crammed into a house composed of little more than a couple broken trees and scrap metal for a roof.
As I continue walking, thoughts of the poor children fresh in my mind, I cannot help but picture not so similar memories from my past.
In the halls of high school, college, work, or the mall, various people walk with their head held just a little too high, flaunting their good looks, expensive clothes, or hi tech toys.
The two unique scenes, the first from the my childhood and the other from the "real world", stand in stark contrast to one another.
At home those who “strut their stuff” walk with a sense of pride, originating most likely from some “wonderful” achievement, as profound as finally attaining that six pack set of abs and proceeding to post a shirtless picture on Facebook.
Those living in a state of destitution, in contrast, move humbly around, hoping for nothing more than to live through the day. One group demonstrates the crucial, although occasionally looked down upon, character trait of humility. The other portrays the blinding flaw of pride.
The blindness pride causes leads me to my longstanding belief. I believe in humility, and its importance in leading a life of selflessness.
Pride acts as a veil over a person’s spiritual eyes, blurring and distorting it to something that is nothing but an illusion. When a person is blinded by pride, he sees only himself, and his own importance. He cannot experience the true happiness that a life of humility brings.
Humility, on other hand, can be seen as a piece of clear glass. It allows for a clear view of life, without contortion. A humble person is willing to help others, and so will find more complete happiness from this servitude.
This character trait is crucial because it transforms a proud self-serving human being into someone who puts the needs of others first. Being humble helps a person to see the world the way it really is, and therefore is essential to a happy, wholesome, meaningful life.
You can do it....
Nox2102 31-35, M 8 Nov 28, 2012