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Superman, A Reflection On Pride

By Salvador Dellutri *

Believing that we are worth so much and have so much wisdom that we place ourselves beyond the laws, that we deserve to be in the VIP zone of humanity to avoid touching common mortals, that our criteria are final and our decisions infallible, that we do not need confronting opinions with anyone … All this is a sign that we are on the road to pride. In the long run, we will end up leading to the denial of God and any moral or natural law. Because when we stop seeing ourselves as we are, admitting our own weaknesses and limitations, we alienate ourselves from our reality and lose the human dimension.

Edmundo Dantes, the protagonist of The Count of Montecristo, is one of the most interesting characters created by Alexandre Dumas: convicted being innocent, manages to escape from prison and goes to the hard task of doing justice. Despite the praiseworthy of his mission, there is a time when a moral breakdown occurs; He loses control, ceases to be aware of his human dimension and exclaims: “I have my own justice. I am one of those exceptional beings and I believe that so far none has been in a position similar to mine. ”

Dantes feels that he is above all laws and of all men, he is considered a superior being who has transcended the human to become a kind of superman who does not have to be accountable to anyone or need to listen to opinions or receive advice. Nor does he believe in a law or a superior being: he has fallen into the networks of pride.

The word “pride” comes from the Latin superbus and means “the one above.” Define a human feeling of misunderstanding self-worth. This feeling is followed by an attitude of rejection of any opinion or advice, which adds to the inability to submit to any higher law. The proud feels that he is the center of the world, has a superior ability to analyze and see the things that entitle him to establish his own laws and belittle others.

Bishop Fulton Sheen says that pride is “the boast or self-glorification through one’s own words; the love of publicity that is conceit for what other people say about one; the hypocrisy that is the pretense of being what is not; the stubbornness that is the refusal to believe that the opinion of the other is better than his own; the disagreement or refusal to abandon one’s will; and disobedience, or the refusal to subject the ego itself to a higher law. ”

Pride is at the origin of all evil. St. Augustine described pride as the “head and source of all evils, ambition and appetite for perverse greatness.”

On men, there is a tendency to escape its own condition. The profusion of superheroes that populate comics and screens is successful because the viewer projects his unconscious desires to overcome the limitations of the human and become a superior being. The temptation of superman, which caused so many calamities in past history, is always latent.

Believing that we are worth so much and have so much wisdom that we place ourselves beyond the laws, that we deserve to be in the VIP zone of humanity to avoid touching common mortals, that our criteria are final and our decisions infallible, that we do not need confronting opinions with anyone … All this is a sign that we are on the road to pride. In the long run, we will end up leading to the denial of God and any moral or natural law. Because when we stop seeing ourselves as we are, admitting our own weaknesses and limitations, we alienate ourselves from our reality and lose the human dimension.

King David says in one of his psalms, “let me know how fleeting my life is.” Far from asserting himself in his strength, he preferred to know his weaknesses. It was a wise way to be aware that every chain is always cut by the weakest link. It is convenient to be aware of your own limitations, because pride always produces monsters.

* Salvador Dellutri: Pastor, Professor, Journalist, Lecturer and Writer of books such as: “El mundo al que predicamos”, “En Primera Persona”, “Las Estaciones de la alegría”, “Hay que matar a Jesús”, “El desafío posmoderno”, “La aventura del pensamiento”, “La Fe y el sentido de la vida”, “Ética y Política”,  “En primera persona” entre otros. Produce dos programas de Radio Transmundial, “Tierra Firme” y “Los Grandes Temas”.

This article is a translation that was first published at Tierra Firme.  You can read the original  piece in this link  tierrafirme.com

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