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Pride is okay if you've earned it the right way, with hard work, dedication and love. When you do something so magnificent as a gift from the heart and soul, you can stand back and feel proud, that's healthy. The problems come when people seek unearned pride and that is a rotten root of our societal tree, spreading the rancid branches of racism, negative-nationalism, religious hatred... and so for those who seek to appear superior through any unearned trait... stop... find the healthy roots of love, passion and empathy... of kindness and giving from the heart.... earn your pride and then it is yours.

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Like Icarus, I flew too close to the sun. I thought I was invincible until the wax melted from my wings. At first, it was drip by drip. I was too busy enjoying my flight to even notice. I guess pride does that, it blinds you to your own demise. Before I knew it I was crashing down toward the angry sea.

By shoal, February 10, 2016.