Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Winning vs. Pride (by Jeremy Zawodny)

"I'd rather be involved in building things I can really be proud of than obsessed with winning."

I've begun to see pride as the fundamental motivator. So, pride in winning and pride in accomplishment are forms of pride. It's Ernest Becker's "causa sui project" or in Christian terms, the pride project.

Thomas Aquinas argued that pride is the first sin, the source of all other sins, and the worse sin.


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