If you sometimes reread my blog posts, you’ve probably noticed that I’m constantly editing and updating them. Cornerstone articles like How to Do Your True Will have undergone 150+ revisions, and I’m still far from pleased with the end result. That’s my lot as a perfectionist.
Even worse, for many of my “older” articles, those I’ve written last year, I feel deeply embarrassed. I like to tell myself that that’s because “I’ve grown in my thinking and writing,” or so I hope. Still, sometimes it bothers me so much that I have to rewrite the entire post from scratch.
Today, this is what I did with the article What Is Pride? On the Feeling of Greatness, which I turned from a silly quote collection into what I find a meaningful discussion of seventeen aspects of pride.
As you know, true pride—that which motivates a man to do what he truly wills with a cool mind—is a core concept here on Mindcoolness. In my new cornerstone article on pride, you’ll find a summary of everything this feeling of greatness entails: from rational self-evaluation and maturity through confidence and attractiveness to humility, morality, self-improvement, freedom, and gratitude.
Yes, I do think that pride is of comprehensive importance if we want to understand our human nature. After all, it’s the most prefrontal positive emotion we have, so it should be involved in everything that makes us uniquely human. Moreover, since pride relates to social status, it’s particularly important for understanding our masculine nature.
Maybe I’m attributing too much to one single emotion, thereby exposing my emotional stupidity, but if I discover a more nuanced view someday, I’ll definitely write about it on this blog. In the meantime, if you have any relevant ideas or criticisms of my conceptualization of pride, please let me know about it in the comments below!