How do you know if you’re prideful?  I mean, really, if you’re truly and deeply prideful you probably have no idea.  So, how could you know?

Here’s C.S. Lewis’ solution…

“The more [pride we have] ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.”
“In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take notice of me…or patronize me, or show off?'”

He goes on…

“Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good – above all, that we are better than someone else – I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil.  The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself, or see yourself as a small, dirty object.  It is better to forget about yourself all together.”

He concludes…

“If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step.  The first step is to realize that one is proud.  And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it.  If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.

For more on Pride from C.S. Lewis check out Mere Christianity, Book 3, Chapter 8.


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