Pride is a very dangerous aspect of humanity. I think pride is what keeps us as an entire species from intergrating into a fullfledged outfit of true unison.
I read about gay pride parades. I hear about ethnic pride seminars. It seems that the liberally biased media encourages these aspects of our society as the new status quo; where as aryan pride *sans the hatred for other ethnicities* is completely taboo. An obvious contradiction, but for some reason, an acceptable contradiction in this warped society.
Pride parades, and the whole concept of pride itself, I believe reaffirms the walls placed within society that seperates peoples based on ethnicity, demographics, socio-economical structures, etc. Pride builds a false sense of self-worth in a concept inherited rather than a concept gained through effort and dilligence.
Its easy to have pride, or develop an abstract sense of strength in your dna, inherent sexuality, or some other birth-righted trait within the self. Why would anyone take pride in what they were given with at birth? At the same note, why would anyone seek shame in the same said things? It all seems counter-productive to many things that the media dictates as neighboring partner to pride; things like unity, peace, tolerance.
When someone takes pride in things such as ethnicity, and what not, often times its not displayed with discretion. Often times these pride-showcases are blunt, outlandish, and just plain intrusive. Intruding on others, forcing others to accept ones own innate pride, wont do well to convince others that they should share that sense of false security.
In fact, what does happen? Anger. "Why must you shove your whatever in my face?" What follows, is hostility. On both sides. And in the end, just another layer of confinement that takes us as a species one more step away from that ultimate unifying goal of tolerance, and togetherness.
You dont have to take pride, to appreciate your own inherit nature or past. But there is an obvious difference from pride, and appreciation. Appreciation is geared for the self. To extend the esteem of the self farther, by the self, and for the self only. Whereas pride is an outward intrusion, forcably conveying to others that they must seek the same ideology for the one conveying the mindset.
So it seems, that if we continue to build illusions of grandure and respect based off of forcably showing others what to think, pride, then we are willingly accepting the fact that we wish to be seperated from others. We are willingly defying what some parades, and showcases are meant to achieve; a sense of unity. We are willingly antagonizing others. We are willingly, yet subconciously, goading others into experiencing all sorts of negative emotions, from insecurity, hostility, and feelings of rejection.