Pride Emotion vs. Humility Emotion

Both Pride and Humility are psychological state of  mind. They are opposites, but, in a contradicting way, their definition is very similar, because they are both based on emotions or on a way of thinking.

Pride can be seen as a quality or as a fault depending on your interlocutor. According to some old European philosophers, Pride is a virtue. Both Aristotle and Nietzsche were identifying pride as the number one virtue. They were both saying that a man who’s proud is a man who can see himself worthy of great things. So it defines it as a very important quality. Aristotle was also saying that pride makes people more powerful, and put them more likely in a position of success. This thought is well-founded because it is no secret that people who have a very positive thought about their own abilities or their successful future are more likely to be reach their goals, or at least, to reach higher goals than anybody else. As Nietzsche was saying : “without pride, we will remain subservient”. This is real, but this point of view is philosophic. Unfortunately, Gay Pride and what it represents is polarizing because of other peoples’ moral judgement calls, no matter how you want to discuss the connotations associated with the word: pride.

Likewise, the use of wigs can be seen as a positive quality or as a fault depending on who is wearing it and under what circumstances it is being worn. For instance, Lady Gaga is known for her use of wigs particularly during her performances. Some folks may have negative reactions towards not only Lady Gaga because of her provocative stances and performances, but also towards the outlandish wigs she wears that often add to a trashy appearance. On the other hand the reaction to women who wear Jon Renau wigs or other brands of wigs for medical reasons is that of empathy or understanding. Wigs also can confer a sense of decorum or sexuality depending upon the style, and the circumstances under which it is worn, earning the wig’s wearer either acceptance, attention, or perhaps scorn depending upon a viewer’s moral judgement call.

If we think about pride as an emotion, it has a pretty negative connotation. When an emotion, pride means that you have negative thoughts about other people. In this case, it shows a strong sense of superiority and also generates destructive comments about other people.

Also, religious people do not see pride as a quality, but as the sin of sins. And this sin, according to religion is the sin that turned a cherub of God into Lucifer. Whereas humility is defined as a very positive value in religion and spirituality. On a psychological aspect, humility means that one is unpretentious and modest. It very often represents someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important that others.

Both of these emotions or state of mind have positive and negative connotations, depending if you are more spiritual than philosopher.

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