The real black, diabolical Pride, comes when you look down on others so much that you do not care what they think of you. Greed will certainly make a man want money, for the sake of a better house, better holidays, better things to eat and drink. Pride leads to every other vice: Certainly not her sexual instinct: Pride is not something God forbids because his dignity is offended by it, nor is its antonym a greasy, smarmy humility.
But a proud man will take your girl from you, not because he wants her, but just to prove to himself that he is a better man than you. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise… Pride is essentially competitive … Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.
Now what you want to get clear it that Pride is essentially competitive — is competitive by its very nature — while the other vices are competitive only, so to speak, by accident. Make no mistake about it: A proud man is always looking down on things and people: And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.
Affection, for Lewis, included both Need-love and Gift-love. The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. He will not be thinking about humility: We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not.
Third, because pride is the complete anti-God and anti-others state of mind. There Lewis said, According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.
It is the comparison that makes you proud: They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others.
When you delight wholly in yourself and do not care about the praise at all, you have reached the bottom. It is better to forget about yourself altogether. And not enmity between man and man, but enmity to God. That raises a terrible question.
For Pride is spiritual cancer: People who are truly humble do not recognize it. Lewis gives three reasons for labeling pride as the supreme defect.
Pride and arrogance are conspicuous among the rich, the powerful, the successful, the famous, and celebrities of all sorts, and even some religious leaders. As people lose or suppress the knowledge of God, spiritual darkness grows and a psychological inversion occurs: As long as you are proud you cannot know God.
Lewis explains that true friendships, like the friendship between David and Jonathan in the Bible, are almost a lost art.
And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. For an extended bio for C. And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble—delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life.
But it might, perhaps, mean that the person is question gives himself airs on the ground of his distinguished father, or because he belongs to a famous regiment. He is trying to make you humble in order to make this moment possible: Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: They become the center of their world, and God is conveniently moved to the periphery, either through denial of his existence or distortion of his character.
From this point on in the Bible, we see the outworking of pride and unbelief in the affairs of individuals, families, nations, and cultures. She began to look at the forbidden fruit in a new light, as something attractive to the eyes and pleasant to the touch.
Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone. In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself.
If so, think it over. I wish I had got a bit further with humility myself: If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily.CS Lewis quotes 'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan.
'And that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. The Four Loves is a book by C. S. Lewis which explores the nature of love from a Christian and philosophical perspective through thought experiments.
The book was based on a set of radio talks fromcriticised. Screwtape – on Pride and Humility. 2 Replies. Here’s the opening paragraph from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters – #14 on Pride to whet your appetite. You can read the whole letter below which includes questions for discussion on the numbered paragraphs.
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Lewis quotes. (1) Pleasure in being praised is not Pride.
The child who is patted on the back for doing a lesson well, the woman whose beauty is praised by her lover, the saved soul to whom Christ says, 'Well done,' are pleased and ought to be. As we’ve read about pride in A Year with C.S.
Lewis earlier this week, it’s fitting to now turn to humility. Once we realize we’re full of pride, the task is to forget ourselves altogether.
And, according to Lewis, “If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.” Jesus defines humility for us.Download