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Pride The Seven Deadly Sins this is my least favorite of the Oxford Press 'Seven Deadly Sins' series that I have read so far Dyson an ordained Baptist Minister and a professor of Religious Studies and African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania heavily concentrates the book around the concepts of racial pride and black pride almost to the exclusion of every other notion of pride I've read Envy and Lust from this same series still have Anger Greed Sloth and Gluttony to go A good examination of common vice Of the seven deadly sins pride is the only one with a virtuous side It is certainly a good thing to have pride in one's country in one's community in oneself But when taken too far as Michael Eric Dyson shows in Pride these virtues become deadly sins Dyson named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans here looks at the many dimensions of pride Ranging from Augustine and Auinas MacIntyre and Hauerwas to Niebuhr and King Dyson offers a thoughtful multifaceted look at this virtuous vice He probes the philosophical and theological roots of pride in examining its transformation in Western culture Dyson discusses how black pride keeps blacks from being degraded and excluded by white pride which can be invisible unspoken but nonetheless very powerful Dyson also offers a moving glimpse into the teachers and books that shaped his personal pride and vocation Dyson also looks at less savory aspects of national pride Since 911 he notes we have had to close ranks But the collective embrace of all things American to the exclusion of anything else has taken the place of a much richer much enduring much profound version of love of country This unchecked pride asserts the supremacy of America above all others elevating our national beliefs above any moral court in the world and attacking critics of American foreign policy as unpatriotic and even traitorous Hubris temerity arrogance the unuestioned presumption that one's way of life defines how everyone else should live pride has many destructive manifestations In this engaging and energetic volume Michael Eric Dyson one of the nation's foremost public intellectuals illuminates this many sided human emotion one that can be an indispensable virtue or a deadly sin Pride by Michael Eric Dyson is an exploration of this topic recognized as one of the seven deadly sins or as perhaps a virtuous vice Professor Dyson begins by providing a look at pride from a philosophical and spiritual standpoint The roots of pride go back to Evagris Pontus a Christian thinker who was one of the first to refer to cardinal sins There were eight of these until vainglory merged with pride to become the essential sin of pride according to Augustine He next refers to Thomas Auinas who sees pride as a turning away from God and making oneself a god What follows is an explanation of how Personal Pride White Pride Black Pride and National Pride impact lives and the culture of the USA The chapter entitled National Pride renders an explanation of the difference between patriotism and nationalism Patriotism is defined as the critical affirmation of one's country in terms of its best values including correcting errors Nationalism is the belief that one country is always better than another It is essentially comparative with the other being on the downward trajectory Pride by Michael Dyson is also replete with examples of how hubris arrogance and other variations of pride impact the health of the USA for good or ill Worth a deep look for those who enjoy philosophical and political though As ho hum a reaction as I had to the earlier volume of this series the one on sloth and as mixed as the reviews of Pride were I had no idea where I would land after having read this I'm with the praise side for every uibble I might have muttered under my breath there were probably ten emphatic yeses uttered to far otuweigh the uibbles I am sure there are plenty of passages which could be pulled out of this and one person will get livid in rebuttal and another will be nodding in agreement and I'm not at all sure that these adversities would break along the racial lines which Dyson freuently utilizes in his approach to this age od sinnecessity pride Leaders on all sides of the religious and political spectrum should have this as reuired reading which reminds me that I found myself making a connection of this with Machievelli's The Prince in a FB conversation and not exactly happily so All this to say there is a lot of material to mull over once a person makes their way through this slim little volume So the series is standing at one one as of now which sin do I pick up next? I will see where my reading leads Dyson steers right down the middle of PCI'll explain laterHe opens by outlining the religious and philosophical roots of pride vainglory hubris and its variations but he settles on Aristotle's term for healthy pride proper pride Proper pride has the balance of self respect and dignity that shows maturity depth conscience and responsibility From there each chapter takes a different turn; first his personal journey of pride consisting of his personal reading list in his formative years and his obligation to write well to write truthfully to honor his teachers and mentors Next he writes about white pride then about black pride and finally about PC pride Not Politically Correct but one subtle and insidious Patriotically Correct pride His final chapter challenges the not too subtle rally 'round the flag post 911 kind of pride Dyson writes that patriotism is healthy especially since one has the freedom and obligation to criticize the Government when it is necessary Nationalism however is blind and self serving or pride gone amok I loved his inclusion of a Chris Rock joke about being black in America If you're black America's like the uncle that paid your way through college but molested youWhat I found moving about the short book or long essay is how Dyson chose to finish it; he ended with a long uote by M L King Jr I liked it because it ended on a clear tone of just what proper pride looks like I'll let you read it for yourself King stated A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather then sectional Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies I typically just leave my stars and move on but since I am giving this book such a low rating I thought I better explain I was expecting this book to be about society's struggle with Pride Instead all I am getting is that white pride is bad and black pride is good and that black people who do good are trying to be like white people I gave up after this sentence Rick black folk can be every bit as coy sophisticated snobbish high handed mean spirited self concerned and pretentious as rich white folk Wait So in other words when black people act like ANY of these things they are simply acting like white people? What about people of other races? Are Asians simply trying to be white too? Please Dyson also suggests that young black people who look up to white people are suffering from an inferiority complex His writing suggests that he suffers from the same More thought provoking than Sloth from the same series The author argues both for and against pride in a series of essays that reflect on his African American heritage and the ways in which pride can be both necessary and damaging If you've ever felt speechless in the face of an idea like white pride this will help put some form to your feelings that not all pride is healthy nor is all humility An interesting look at pride but falling into the error of defining pride as thinking too much of yourself rather than thinking of yourself too much The frame of race relations was helpful but ultimately too reductionistic Too slanted Reads like a manifesto of afro american civil struggles which is a pity It should have been about the follies of society on the whole

About the Author: Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson is an American academic author and radio host He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University

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