Saturday, 22 April 2017

Pride Eats Joy Away

     When people say bad things about us, our human nature tells us to fight back or get even. We simply cannot let a harm done pass without doing a similar harm or inflicting more pain. "An eye for an eye," Let that be the law! We emphasize that we be respected or that we be treated fairly. But why do we also do the same act to people who from our point of view are lower in stature than us? 

    Double standard creeps in our society, undeniably giving those who have titles both in the government and corporate world, the rich, and those earning big a deep sense of entitlement. Moreover, when these people feel threatened or harmed, you will hear some of them say right to your face, "Do you know who I am?" However, this type of behavior does not only happen to people in the higher echelon of our society, this can also be gleaned from those of humble origins. A little or even a significant increase in one's position or educational attainment, can cause a person to behave as if someone's life depends on him or her alone.

     Taking pride of our achievements is good. Perhaps  some  of our stories are for the books, but how well do we take promotions in life? As a middle-aged woman, I must have met people whose egos are as big the moon and the sun, myself included. I tell you it is not comfortable to be around these types of people. Looking back, I could not imagine how badly must have I hurt somebody for my condescending attitude. (If you are reading this, and you are one of them, please accept my deepest apology). 

   Pride consumes us as well as false humility-acting meekly yet the mind suggests the otherwise. Regardless of who and what are, we fall prey to these two. How not to let these sordid emotions take a foothold in us as would the devil desire is a matter of choice. It is difficult to be always cordial and pleasant when someone is not or live in peace when one provokes you to a fight. I cringe over the thought of just sitting back or staying put, for it simply isn't me! Against my nature all right, but I struggle not to let revenge or hate reside in me because I don't want my joy to be stolen and I also fear greatly hitting rock bottom by being proud and haughty. Proverbs 16:17-19 writes, "The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud."