Monday, June 11, 2012

Money, money, money and pride

donald-trump-isnt-just-into-real-estateTake it with money. Greed will certainly make a man want money, for the sake of a better house, better holidays, better things to eat and drink. But only up to a point. What is it that makes a man with £10,000 a year anxious to get £20,000 a year? It is not the greed or more pleasure. £10,000 will give all the luxuries that any man can really enjoy. It is Pride—the wish to be richer than some other rich man, and (still more) the wish for power. 1oi of course, power is what Pride really enjoys: there is nothing makes a man feel so superior to others as being able to move them about like toy soldiers. What makes a pretty girl spread misery wherever she goes by collecting admirers? Certainly not her sexual instinct: that kind of girl is quite often sexually frigid. It is Pride. What is it that makes a political leader or a whole nation go on and on, demanding more and more? Pride again. Pride is competitive by its very nature: that is why it goes on and on. If I am a proud man, then, as long as there is one man in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or cleverer than I, he is my rival and my enemy.

The Vice of Pride according to Lewis – Part 3
C.S. Lewis, “The Great Sin,” Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins 2001) 123.

2 comments:

  1. a girl trying to avoid prideSeptember 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    What does this part mean? What is this prideful ggirl like? I mean I have a lot of admirers but am saving myself for a Christian man. Whats "sexually frigid"? I am sexually stingy/inexpereienced.  "What makes a pretty girl spread misery wherever she goes by collecting admirers? Certainly not her sexual instinct: that kind of girl is quite often sexually frigid. It is Pride."

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  2. Why would a girl collect admirers in the first place? Not for her own sake I suppose, to expand her ego. It's not your fault that you have guys who esteem you or admire you, in that sense (as to have you as a girlfriend). But if it is for your ego it is for your pride. Pride spreads misery in nature. So stay away from ego and selfishness; humility is beautiful. Real Christian men, not carnal dead Christians, are attracted to virtue. Frigid means cold, so by sexually frigid he meant sexually dead. Sex is about love, intimate, passionate, and just pure love. So it's not about receiving pleasure but about giving pleasure. So it stands that a proud person, consumed with self and ego, would most likely be sexually frigid. Being sexually stingy or inexperienced is not bad, on the contrary its great (no reason to be proud though); stay pure and wait for marriage. Sex before marriage is a colossal mistake. Wait for a man who is totally surrendered to the will of God, who does not respect men, but is indwelled by the Holy Spirit. A man who is not selfish but who is totally for God. This man will love his wife, and die for her. As Jesus did for the Church. Humility is just about making a right estimate of one's self. Stay away from pride dear sister, good luck and God Bless you with Love!

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