Oh man, I was one of the most arrogant people around. I once had a co-worker tell me that it was a good thing that I wasn’t good at fighting, because I just had this look of arrogance on me all the time. The look was somewhat intimidating. I loved to argue and I loved to be right.
What an act... Always out to prove something... to someone... mainly myself.
I don’t think most humans appreciate arrogance in another human.
But, at the same time, there’s confidence. We see it in others and it’s so appealing and beautiful. It’s not arrogant - there’s nothing to prove -but it’s so... content with what exists. It’s free!
The balance of those is sometimes difficult, especially when we try to address them the wrong way.
We’ve got to think better of ourselves. The reason I acted arrogant was because I wasn’t confident enough. We all know this. It always starts with enough.
Once we think of ourselves as the center of the universe and properly loved and worthy, many will start to sound alarms of pride and/or arrogance, often in Christian circles. They always did to me.
Don’t you know you’re supposed to give up your life and serve? You can’t think so highly of yourself!
I don’t think that’s the problem. I never think that thinking the world of yourself is a problem. Unless you think you’re the only one in the world.
I think the problem comes when we don’t view everyone else as the center of the universe and properly loved and worthy... the exact same as us. That was definitely my problem.
Once we get the value of ourselves as amazing, powerful, incredible and awesome humans (confidence), we shouldn’t spend time trying to undo that or listen to any religion that tells us to.
We need to spend time trying to get our worst enemy up to that same spot, not lowering ourselves to them.
Really, once you realize how enough you are, pride has nothing to do with you and everything to do with everyone around you. (In more ways than one.)