While I’m loathe to dip into the religious well to counter, consider this description of pride as one of the Seven Deadly Sins:
Seeing ourselves as we are and not comparing ourselves to others is humility. Pride and vanity are competitive. If someone else’s pride really bothers you, you have a lot of pride.I suppose this doesn’t really do much to counter Kevin’s argument. Or rather it hangs us both.
That all said, I continue to fail to see how success in athletic competition equates with goodness as a country. If my country has a lower child poverty rate, or a higher literacy rate, or contributes to global understanding in some meaningful way, I’m happy to be prideful.
If a bunch of my neighbours succeed at sliding a piece of rubber around a piece of ice better than people across an invisible border, well, I suppose I can laud them for their prowess. But perhaps we should be embarassed that we’re so distracted by the irrelevance rather than taking pride at something to which our personal connection is so tenuous.