Pride is a complicated concept replete with a myriad of potential challenges and quagmires that make its presence at best, convoluted. The pleasure that pride offers is intoxicatingly euphoric in that it feeds the most basic components of the human ego. Each of us understandably wants to feel good about the things we or the people we care about accomplish or achieve. A joy that emanates from success despite adversity is one well deserved and appropriate. However, joy has a tendency to appreciate all the contributing factors that function outside conscious control. Moreover, joy tends to have an appreciation for all the dynamics that could have been detractions that were not for no rational reason.
Lastly, joy often accounts for the faith and humility that are required to appreciate the two earlier points. Conversely, pride tends to be an inward celebration by the ego that at best, dismisses essential supportive structures and at worst, denies their existence altogether. Pride often invites one to oversimplify desired occurrences as the result of conscious will with little attention to an uncontrolled environment. Indeed, the pleasure offered by pride is analogous to drinking salt water; the more you drink, the more you need. A cycle that ends with only one result, the death of the drinker. This book attempts to identify the ubiquitous presence pride tends to have in our lives and the challenges that results from it. Moreover, this book advances the notion that pride functions as a primary contributor to much of the mental, spiritual and emotional instability present in our society. To the extent that we contain pride, we release the potential of imagination and fulfillment offered by peace and joy.