We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pride is a sin. Or so said Pope Gregory "The Great". Who were these men who defined and ranked these sins for us? Shouldn't that be God's call? Yet another crock from the chattering classes of the (almost) ancients.
mmm, the ancient chattering classes of the Church would say it is God's call, KRW, and explain where they believe He says so. Your mileage may vary, but they weren't just making it up.
I did an adult Sunday School class on the Seven Deadlies a few years ago. I learned a great deal while preparing it, little of it comfortable.
The rumor that CS Lewis intended each of the 7 books of Narnia to be about one of the Seven Deadly Sins is erroneous, BTW.
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Their church, not mine. According to the wiki attribution (and to my not so limited but admittedly selective study), it's not even in the bible. Who were they to say what "God's call" was? I'll keep my pride, thank you. I worked for it, I earned it. Granted, my responsibility to keep it tempered by some degree of modesty and perspective. No pope, politician, or pop-shrink has earned the right to redefine, in any pejorative way, my self-satisfaction with my work done with my own hands. I'll grant you 6 of those sins (many popes and later "followers" certainly enjoyed them), but defining pride as a sin, especially as dictated from those who did no work down to those who did, reeks of a power play.
Can you imagine telling an Olympiad who wins the gold, or a little boy who's practiced catching with his dad every night and wins the game for his Little League team, or a soldier who learns to walk on his prosthesis that their joy and pride in their accomplishments is a sin and God doesn't like it?
Yeah. That makes sense. 'Dude. That gold medal just bought you a one-way ticket to hell.'