Archive for the ‘pride’ Category

He is a self made man and worships his creator

June 3, 2013

He is a self made man and worships his creator

John Bright on Benjamin Disraeli

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I looked down; my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs; the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. I was once more Edward Hyde

December 16, 2009

I resolved in my future conduct to redeem the past; and I can say with honesty that my resolve was fruitful of some good. You know yourself how earnestly, in the last months of the last year, I laboured to relieve suffering; you know that much was done for others, …and then I smiled, comparing myself with other men, comparing my active good-will with the lazy cruelty of their neglect. And at the very moment of that vainglorious thought, a qualm came over me, a horrid nausea and the most deadly shuddering. These passed away, and left me faint; and then as in its turn faintness subsided, I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my thoughts, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the bonds of obligation. I looked down; my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs; the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. I was once more Edward Hyde.

Dr Jeckyll fiding that despite or perhaps because of his proud self-righteousness, he became his evil alter ego – Edward Hyde.

in Timothy Keller, The Reason for God, (Hodder 2008), p.176

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country

October 11, 2009

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real good-will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have.

Queen Victoria, journal entry, Tuesday, 20th June 1837, on her accession to the throne.

One of the most dangerous of beliefs is that you yourself have ‘more real good-will and more real desire to do what is fit and right’ than almost anyone else.

How weak and foolish seem now the paltry motives, the mean fears which I vainly endeavoured to mistake for a broad-minded freedom from prejudice

October 7, 2009

On 5/12/1892 Bertrand Russell wrote a prayer in is journal before he gave up belief in God: O God forgive me; I have sinned grievously. What the others did, that I did also for fear…lest I should seem prig…How weak and foolish seem now the paltry motives, the mean fears which I vainly endeavoured to mistake for a broad-minded freedom from prejudice…grant that I may…draw the line justly between harmless merriment and vicious jesting. May I no more do that which in my heart I abhor to win the paltry and ephemeral good will of those whose respect I forfeit by the very course which deference to them has led me into.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell, vol.1, 1997, pp.49-50

God is my ‘right hand man’ – Joseph Smith

September 19, 2009

I combat the errors of the ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the Gordian knot of powers, and I solve mathematical problems of universities, with truth — diamond truth; and God is my ‘right hand man’.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:78

If they want a beardless boy to whip all the world, I will get on the top of a mountain and crow like a rooster: I shall always beat them…I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him, but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:408-9, Address of the Prophet – His Testimony Against the Dissenters at Nauvoo.

‘I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam’  – I suppose we can’t speak of the Fundamentalist LDS then?

Pride means death is better than humiliation

September 19, 2009

The Arab armies suffered a humiliating defeat at the hand of Israel in 1967. After the start of the 1973 war against Israel, one Arab journalist was quoted as remarking: ” It doesn’t matter if the Israelis eventually counterattack and drive us back. What matters is that the world now no longer will laugh at us.

The World Will No Longer Laugh,” Time (22 October 1973) from James Dobson

Muhammad consigns all Muslims to hell

September 19, 2009

If anyone has got an atom of pride in his heart, he will not enter paradise.

(al- bukhari)

NB This is a sound (Sahih) Hadith accepted by all Sunni Muslims as authoritative. This means all muslims (and if Allah were the true God, all people) are damned and excluded from paradise since no one who knows their own heart can say, ‘there is not an atom of pride in my heart.’

But, dear Muslim reader, you can be rescued from hellfire the same way as everyone else: not by our miserable ‘good’ works, but by repentance from sin and faith in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who died for sinners.

The Law is Powerless to Change us

September 4, 2009

Benjamin Franklin made 13 virtues for himself, including: Silence (‘speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation’), frugality, industry (‘lose not time; be always employed in something useful’) and tranquility (‘be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable’).

He set up a book with a page for each virtue, lining a column in which to record “defects.” Choosing a different virtue to work on each week, he daily noted every mistake, starting over every 13 weeks in order to cycle through the list four times a year.

For many decades Franklin carried his little book with him, striving for a clean thirteen-week cycle. As he made progress, he found himself struggling with yet another defect. “There is perhaps no one of natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it. Struggle with it. Stifle it. Mortify it as much as one pleases. It is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself….even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.

Phillip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace, Zondervan, 1997, p. 35

…These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Col.2.23

Intellectual Pride

September 3, 2009

I am quite indifferent to the mass of human creatures; though I wish, as a purely intellectual problem, to discover some way in which they might all be happy. I wouldn’t sacrifice myself to them though their unhappiness, at moments, about once in three months, gives me a feeling of discomfort, and an intellectual desire to find a way out….I live mostly for myself–everything has for me, a reference to my own education. I care for very few people, and have several enemies–two or three at least whose pain is delightful to me. I often wish to give pain, and when I do, I find it pleasant for a moment. I feel myself superior to most people, and only pity myself at rare intervals, when I am tired out. I used to pity myself at all times and deeply. I believe in happiness and I am happy. I enjoy work immensely. I wish for fame among the expert few, but my chief desire–the desire by which I regulate my life–is a purely self-centered desire for intellectual satisfaction about things that puzzle me.

Bertrand Russell, Ray Monk, vol.1., p.120

‘Knowledge puffs up but love builds up’ (1 Cor.8.1)

Humanism – Man’s Pride

August 28, 2009

…we cling to old myths that allow us to go on living with fear and hate – above all, hate of ourselves, miserable sinners. This is folly. Man now needs for his salvation only
one thing: to open his heart to joy, and leave fear to gibber through the glimmering darkness of a forgotten past. He must lift up his eyes and say: “No, I am not a miserable sinner; I am a being who, by a long and arduous road, have discovered how to make intelligence master natural obstacles, how to live in freedom and joy, at peace with myself and therefore with all mankind.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, vol.2, p.324

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.

Russell–Einstein Manifesto, issued in London on July 9, 1955 by Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, ibid., p.373