Another one of those Power of Pride bumper stickers (given out free at Lowes last year) grabbed my attention on the way home from work yesterday. And yet again, I was left thinking, "I wonder specifically what that dude has accomplished has instilled such self love in himself." And this naturally led to the thought of, "Why brag about self-love anyway?" Wasn't the bible pretty clear on that count? And yet, if you ask the average American, moreso IMO than any other citizen on earth, "pride" is seen as a positive and natural emotion, to be celebrated and advertised. And as we head into the stretch run of a major election cycle, I think we all know we're about to yet again be saturated with this bogus, jingoistic "pride" masquerading under the name "Patriotism." The only good thing to come out of this asinine uber-patriotic era is that its given us yet one more reason to hate the Yankees: They keep playing that moronic song every game during the 7th inning. I was going to go on about this at more length, but in googling for an example, I came across this op/ed from an Episcopalian minister, Rev. Chuck Kramer, in a local NY state paper last summer that says it all pretty well. http://users.bestweb.net/~stjames/TownandChurch05082003.html "Pride always compares the self with others. Pride is ego centric, that is, the self comes first. By both dictionary and biblical definition, pride is the state of trying to prove one's worth by showing how much better one is than any other."