The Sin of Pride

“Pride= solitude = hell’s darkness. Pride, hence ambition, hence partiality, incapacity for self-estimation; hence stupidity. The proud man is stupid in his judgments, even if he is by nature born with the mind of a genius. And vice versa: the humble man is wise, even if he is ‘not clever’; the essence of wisdom – the sense of Truth and humility concerning it – is accessible to him. (Fr.Yelchaninov in A Treasury of Russian Spirituality, pgs. 447-448)