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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SAFE SECURE HEALTHY INTEGRITY PRIDE HUMILITY LOVE+931226 %RISK TRUST ULTIMATE IMPORTANCE PRIORITY GOOD EVIL 931226 Whether pride is safe, secure, healthy, good, integrative and worthy of great respect depends upon the focus of the pride and what is implied by the pride. There is good reason for the saying, "Pride goes before a fall." At the same time we cannot be healthy people of integrity in communities of integrity if we lack healthy self esteem and integrative forms of pride. How then can we tell the difference between healthy pride and unhealthy pride? There is great danger when pride undermines: Humility Balance Tolerance Honesty Trust Friendship Dialogue Listening Love Respect Affection Generosity Cooperation Health Integrity. When pride undermines personal and communal integrity there is great danger and pride does not merit our respect or tolerance. Such pride is dangerous. When pride does not undermine the above elements of both personal and communal integrity; only then is it healthy and worthy of our respect and tolerance. People often show respect and tolerance for unhealthy pride. Pride is not worthy of our respect and tolerance just because other people show respect and tolerance towards particular examples of unhealthy pride. Going with the flow of public opinion is not always worthy of respect and tolerance. Crowds often do terrible things. Even crowds of highly respectable and sophisticated people do terrible things with both pride and arrogance. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================