Cultivating Humility And Suppressing Pride Essay

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Cultivating Humility and Suppressing Pride

“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty of themselves” (Lewis 121). C.S. Lewis opens the eighth chapter of the third book in Mere Christianity with this quote. Pride or self-conceit are vices of which no human is free. Lewis writes that the root of all sin is pride. In reading this, one begs the question, “Is pride really the root of all sin, or is the thought exaggerated?” Also, are people today more or less focused on themselves than in past times? What can be done to combat the sin of pride?
To answer the question, “Is pride really the root of all sin, or is the thought exaggerated?” one must first understand the definition of pride. The Webster’s dictionary defines pride as, “inordinate self-esteem” or “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” As stated by Diana Glyer in Discussing Mere Christianity, Session 5, “To feel good about oneself or to have self-esteem isn’t the same as pride.” As Lewis writes, pleasure in being praised is not pride. Rather, the more one delights in themselves instead of in the praise, the more prideful they become. All of these things considered, pride leads to all other vices on earth. Why? While other vices may lead to fellowship – drinking or gambling with others for example – pride…

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