On Pride and Arrogance

There are seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, lust, envy, pride, sloth, and gluttony. I think most people have committed each of these sins at one time or another in their lives. I know I have. I remember hearing once that pride was the worst of the sins. At the time, I didn’t get that. I mean, really? Arrogance is worse than a wrath-filled murder? What I didn’t realize is that pride is the root of all the others. That wrath-filled murder would not occur unless arrogant pride was present as well.

My realization that pride really is the worst of the sins came while watching the movie (the remake) of The Wolfman. At the end of the movie, the two werewolves are fighting. One knocks the other down, then stands over him with his chest puffed out and his chin raised in the perfect semblance of the conquering warrior filled with disdain for his foe. You can see the arrogance exuding from him. When I saw that, I realized more fully the peril of pride. I realized how pride was the motivating force in the confrontation between the two werewolves as it often is in real life (but between people, of course).

I could go on further describing how my own pride has negatively affected my life, but I won’t bore you with those details. Suffice it to say, I think I’m the antiChrist and it was my arrogant pride that put me there.

On a side note, isn’t some pride good? I understand that arrogance is bad, but what about the pride of dignity? I have a problem with the punishing God of the Old Testament. We all want God to smite Satan. But isn’t it beneath the dignity of God to get in a fist-fight with the Devil? Isn’t that a result of God’s dignified pride in being God? Oh, I don’t know. I just know arrogance=bad. Even if you’re right about something, that’s no excuse to be arrogant. I offer that as a warning to scientists of the modern world. I could go on with specific examples, but it just seems to me that our leading intellectuals are getting more prideful the more successful we are. Just an observation.

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