You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver
- Mar 3, 2009
I would argue that expectation of reward is a slightly different matter.Pride to assume earned greatness is still not good. Even if one earns their success, it does not become correct to think "yes, I deserve this" when successful. Humility is a virtue. Gratitude for what other people have done to allow for your success is a virtue. Pride distracts from virtue.
Part of this is tending into concepts of internal and external sense of validation rather than pride per se. I think internal validation more important to one's sense of self-esteem than external (although I'll own up to quite liking external validation too).
As I read someone somewhere say, if wealth were dependent on hard work, every African woman would be a millionaire. Pride in having amassed money is therefore often not really the accomplishment one might think, contingent as it is on so much else. Money is in a sense out of one's control: a factor of society, economy, etc. Different tasks of equal accomplishment may have radically different rewards attached. Thus amassed wealth can be a very misleading measure of achievement.