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Perceiving Pride

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Michael Pochron – Editor

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A Final Farewell
May 24, 2017

There are many dangerous emotions that human beings can use they are sometimes used on a daily basis; such as love, fear or even happiness. However there is one emotion that seems to be extremely consistent in people’s downfalls, that would be. Pride.

“Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc”-Dictionary.com. This is negative for a plethora of reasons and can cause people to make foolish decisions and think that they are better than what they really are.

An example of this in history would be Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign  where his pride constantly led to defeats and poor tactical choices. One of these would be how Bonaparte decided to invade Russia, which is already a bad idea but also they did it during the winter where most of the French soldiers froze to death.

Another example of this would be the start of World War 1 with Austria-Hungary being plagued with their pride and attacked Serbia. Not only were countless Austro-Hungarian soldiers being killed due to poor tactics but also this spawned something that would never be forgotten. The Black Hand was formed by Serbia and their goal was to assassinate the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie.

There are countless works of literature highlighting how pride can be people’s downfall such as  the Shakespearean classic called “Julius Caesar.” In this play Julius was the leader of Rome and believed himself to be invincible or even godlike at times. However he quickly learned that he was neither of which when a group devises to kill him. In this group was his own best friend ,Brutus, which inspired the infamous saying about betrayal and how pride can be one’s downfall of “Et tu, Brute?” or “You too, Brutus?” which Julius says when he dying and sees his friend who just killed him.
To sum it up, pride can be a extremely dangerous emotion and if not handled in moderation will result in a complete and total catastrophe.

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