We Need More Pride
I saw this picture and it got me thinking about pride. Is it really a bad thing? For some of us yes it is. White pride is not allowed. People can be proud to be black or latino and that’s acceptable. Why? Why is skin color something to be proud of and why can’t we all be proud of our race if that’s the case? I think I’m allowed to be proud of my Hungarian heritage. I have yet to meet someone of Italian descent who isn’t proud of that! Kids are not encouraged to be proud of good grades because they may have negative consequence on the self esteem of the other kids. The star athletes are still the school heroes and can be proud of it. Both the smart kids and the athletic one had to work for their accomplishments.
Here is a different look at pride. It’s the pride of being able to accomplish things like graduating college, especially if you did it on your own, getting your first job, finishing a project. This is the kind of pride that would make those who think a life on welfare is a good life think twice. When you sit there and just take there is no real sense of accomplishment. What do you have to be proud of? Taking advantage of a system put in place to TEMPORARILY help people? There are people who have had to drop their pride and use food stamps and other public assistance to take care of themselves and their families. Having to admit to yourself that you need help taking care of your family is a hard thing for some people to do. How do you instill this in people? Maybe letting kids be proud of good grades and accomplishments would be a start.