Pride Is A Word Of Many Meanings Essay

776 Words Jan 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Pride is a word of many meanings. Vanity is one connotation of pride, while self-confidence, self-respect, self-love, and feeling proud are others. I argue that these forms of pride are often taken out of context to mean sinful pride. Sinful pride is altogether different and is the godless, rebellious assertion of self over others (Proverbs 30:13). Pride was the fall of man in Genesis, and pride is listed at the top of the seven most deadly sins in Catholic theology. Further down the list of the seven deadly sins is greed. Pride facilitates greed. Technology, coupled with human carelessness and pride leads to environmental breakdown, and when the use of natural resources is coupled with greed, exploitation is the result (Wright, 2003, p. 219). When our economy fails to some extent here in this country, our culture often labels it a tragedy, however, the real tragedy of starving people and homelessness here and abroad are often overlooked, yet, the mindset of this country is still focused on the material. In viewing all the material, thus far, I can only conclude that sinful pride and environmental problems ties into a culture of waste and excess brought on by materialism and secularism. Under this culture of waste, human life has no value of respect or protection, if it did, there would be no social inequality or starving people in this country and developing nations.
Excess, spurned on by materialism and secularism, leads to waste and the overwhelming desire to…

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