All credit to CS Lewis today. He puts it so well:
“The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison… Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”
“Pride has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. Other vices may sometimes bring people together: you may find good fellowship and jokes and friendliness among drunken people or unchaste people. But Pride always means enmity – it is enmity.”
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. “
“That raises a terrible question. How is it that people who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God and appear to themselves very religious? I am afraid it means they are worshiping an imaginary God. They theoretically admit themselves to be nothing in the presence of this phantom God, but are really all the time imagining how He approves of them and thinks they are far better than ordinary people.”
If CS Lewis is right, if pride really is as destructive as he says, leading us to a phantom God, then we must, especially during Lent, check our selves. And we'd better ask God to help because pride is probably also the fault that we are least aware of in ourselves - a phantom within.
Then we can ask the real God to help us change.
(All CS Lewis quotes from Mere Christianity)