Not all but proper is precious

‘Pride’ possesses a lot of meaning depending on the context, but it is often associated with a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and confidence in oneself or something that one is associated with. Whenever we use the term pride it has connotations as: a. Personal Pride: This refers to a feeling of satisfaction and self-respect that one has in oneself, such as being proud of one’s achievements, accomplishments, or personal traits. b. Group Pride: It gives us a sense of pride and belonging that people feel towards a group they identify with, such as a family, community, cultural group, or nation. Pride as a Sin: In some religions and moral systems, pride is considered one of the seven deadly sins, as it can lead to arrogance, selfishness, and other negative traits. c. National Pride: This refers to the sense of patriotism and loyalty that people have towards their country, often expressed through displays of national symbols, anthems, and pride events. In general, it can be a positive and empowering force when it comes from a place of genuine achievement, self-respect, and acceptance of oneself and others. But it can also become a negative and divisive force when it leads to arrogance, superiority, or intolerance towards others. However, in this context, pride and self-respect are closely related concepts, they are both are emotions that involve a positive evaluation of oneself. Pride is often associated with accomplishments or membership in a particular group or community, while self-respect is more closely tied to a person’s sense of their own worth and dignity as a human being. The key difference between pride and self-respect is that pride can sometimes be based on external factors, such as accomplishments or social status, whereas self-respect is more inwardly focused and based on one’s inherent worth and values. In other words, while pride can come and go depending on external circumstances, self-respect is a more stable and enduring sense of one’s own worth and dignity.

Positive and negative effects

Pride can have both positive as well as  negative effects on individuals and society, depending on how it is expressed and managed. Some of its positive effects include: a. Positive Motivation: Pride can be a powerful motivator, inspiring individuals to work hard, set goals, and achieve success. b. Confidence: Pride can boost an individual’s self-confidence, which can lead to greater resilience and success in the face of challenges and setbacks. c. Social Connection: Pride can create a sense of social connection and belonging, particularly when it is shared with others who share similar experiences or identities. d. Achievement: Pride can be a result of accomplishments and achievements, and can serve as a source of validation for one’s hard work and effort. On the other hand, it has also several negative effects which include:  a. Arrogance: When pride becomes excessive, it can lead to arrogance and entitlement, causing individuals to view themselves as superior to others. b. Intolerance: Pride can lead to intolerance and prejudice against individuals who do not share the same identity or experiences. c. Conflict: When pride is associated with group identity, it can lead to intergroup conflict and divisiveness. d. Hubris: Excessive pride can lead to hubris, which can cloud judgment and lead to poor decision-making. To conclude,  pride can be a powerful emotion that has both positive and negative effects and it is important to balance pride with humility and respect for others to avoid negative consequences.

The key difference between pride and self-respect is that pride can sometimes be based on external factors, such as accomplishments or social status, whereas self-respect is more inwardly focused and based on one’s inherent worth and values.

Significance of pride

Pride can hold various significances depending on the context and it is often associated with several different aspects which largely include: a. Personal Significance: Pride can hold personal significance for an individual in terms of self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence. It is an emotion that can give individuals a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of self-respect. b. Social Significance: Pride can be significant in the context of social identity and social groups. Being part of a community or group can create a sense of pride and belonging, and pride can be a symbol of collective identity, strength, and resilience. c. Political Significance: Pride has taken on a political significance in recent years, particularly in the context of rights movements. Pride events are often used as a platform for activism, advocating for equal rights and acceptance, and challenging discrimination and oppression. d. Historical Significance: Pride can have historical significance as a marker of progress and change. e. Cultural Significance: Pride can be significant in the context of cultural identity and heritage. Many cultures place great importance on pride as a symbol of their history, traditions, and values. In conclusion, it is often seen as a powerful emotion that can shape personal, social, political, historical, and cultural identities.

Social value of pride

The feeling of pride and its various expressions add individual’s social value in general where men realised himself alleviated in comparison to others and becomes self-motivated in social life, while other values include: a. Community Building: Pride can create a sense of community and belonging among individuals who share a common identity or experience. Pride events and celebrations can bring people together and help build social connections. b. Visibility: Pride can raise awareness and visibility of marginalized groups and issues. This can help challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and promote understanding and acceptance. c. Empowerment: Pride can empower individuals who have been historically marginalized or oppressed. It can help them feel validated and proud of their identity and experiences, and give them the courage to speak out against discrimination and injustice. d. Advocacy: Pride can be a platform for advocacy and activism. It can be used to raise awareness of important issues, lobby for change, and push for greater equality and social justice. e. Cultural Diversity: Pride can celebrate and promote cultural diversity. It can help promote cultural understanding and respect for different cultures and ways of life. However, the social value of pride is rooted in its ability to bring people together, challenge stereotypes and discrimination, promote diversity and inclusion, and empower individuals and communities.

Dr Rajkumar Singh
Dr Rajkumar Singh
The writer is head of the political science department of the B.N.Mandal University, Madhepura, Bihar, India and can be reached at [email protected]


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