“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” - J.K. Rowling
Last week, we discussed pride and how it can be damaging to our own lives and the lives of those around us.
But this quote highlights another aspect of how pride can manifest itself in our lives - this time through the way we treat others.
The more we give in to pride, the more the idea of position begins to manifest itself. Pride is not a necessary factor to establish a hierarchy of people - after all, someone with a PhD in mathematics is generally more qualified to talk about that subject than someone who's just learned Algebra. Pride doesn't create your position, it simply makes you worried that you might lose it.
As this worry creeps in, we begin to care more about keeping our position than we do about being kind to the people around us. The people with positions "below" us become potential threats that need to be shoved down, and the people above us become obstacles.
As we mentioned last week, this automatically cuts us off from healthy relationships with others because we're so worried about ourselves. A person who cares more about a position than a person isn't qualified for either one - but someone who puts others first has the potential to become a leader.