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Around 170 AD Marcus Aurelius wrote Pride is a master of deception when you think youre occupied in the weightiest business thats when he has you in his spell In every list compiled pride is listed as the most detrimental of the Seven Deadly Sins Pride is the insidious parasite that sidles into your consciousness when as Marcus said you believe too strongly that the work you do is all-important Examples from history abound Maximilien Robespierre after spearheading the French Revolution and sending the royal family to the guillotine tried to push his deistic beliefsthe Cult of the Supreme Beingon the French citizenry and was promptly sent to the guillotine himself Cyrus the Younger in an attempt to usurp the title King of Persia from his brother Ataxerxes II was slain by his own blood in a civil war Louis Borders co-founder of Borders Bookstores had all the money investors and connections needed to create a successful online grocery delivery service but Webvan nonetheless failed in plain view in fact voted the largest dot-com flop in history by CNETThe common thread amongst all of the above examples is the extreme sense of pride that ones ambitions could not possibly go awry Every failure believes that they are meant to be doing the work theyre consumed by and if they failno when they failthey fail in grandiose fashionThis is the thought that occupies the back of my mind as people talk of American Pride Im sure al-Qaeda had pride in the job they did on September 11th Whos to say that their pride is wrong and ours is right Nietzsches On the Genealogy of Morals obviously comes to mind While every noble morality develops from a triumphant affirmation of itself slave morality from the outset says No to what is outside what is different what is not itself This slave moralityIs it not the same morality that says No to those races that are different from
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