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jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:27 AM

PRIDE IN HUMANITY

I was thinking about a much more global view of pride in humanity on earth. Not to be inclusionary or insulting against other forms of life on earth or possible life on other planets, what are inventions, discoveries, achievements, etc., that make you most proud of the global humanity?

What started this chain of thought was my realization that not long ago, people HAD to carry weapons when they went outside their homes to protect themselves against predatory animals that might attack them as they walked or rode openly vulnerable on their wagons. (Farmers and ranchers still do.)

So I am proud of humanity for creating communities of people who help protect each other and which tend to keep larger predatory animals at a distance.

I was thinking I am very proud of France's Louis Pasteur for inventing the rabies vaccine that protects our pets from this disease, thereby protecting us.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:30 AM

Wilhelm Röntgen - German, discovered x-rays -- making diagnosis of illness/injury so much better

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:01 PM

Hey guys, feel free to post. I WON'T be posting anything negative or contrary against what YOU say.

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:44 PM

my pride is not in an invention but of al the men and women in the forces especialy today ,for all those that have and are still serving us ,for those we have lost ,may god bless them all x

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 12:59 PM

I don't know if you'd call it pride, but right now I'm feeling thankful for Christina Hoff Sommers.....

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 1:11 PM


tsk9653
Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 1:24 PM

What is the definition of "pride" to be applied? While I appreciate many technological (some, not so much) and ethical advances brought about by many people, I wouldn't refer to that appreciation as "pride". I don't take pride in achievements of others, except kin. Same reason why appreciation for the physical beauty of parts of this country don't cause me to feel "pride" in country. I didn't create the beauty and i do not own it.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 1:27 PM

I am proud of the fact that I have always lived in
countires were people take of each other, whether
their needs are financial, physical, health related,
educational,or through social agencies....
And we do it without hand guns (although shotguns
are allowed for hunting and protection).
There have been servants, but never slaves.....

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 1:42 PM

TSK, please feel free to define it as suits your heart. I have no rules for this thread other than what I said about myself

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 1:47 PM

I'll take a shot at this Mr. Tim. If I were to call what I'm feeling as pride, the definition would be as follows: feeling satisfaction in somebody unexpectedly exceeding your standards. This feeling of satisfaction could arise as a result of you yourself exceeding those standards, or in my case, by someone else doing the same. I believe that would be an acceptable definition of a kind of pride, after googling a variety of definitions, though I imagine others less worthy of respect could be argued for.

tsk9653
Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 2:02 PM

Laddy: That helps because now I can understand somebody feeling pride in some of the referenced items. That broad of a definition also overwhelms me with things I could say I take pride in, causing me to list none because I I'm overloaded trying to prioritize.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 2:46 PM

In my lifetime I have seen the routine use of antibiotics that have saved many lives. New research continues to find newer antibiotics that can fight the growing-resistant strains of bacteria.

you can't fully appreciate the value of antitiotics unless you or someone you love was saved by antibiotics.

rhayader
Rhayader  (Level: 94.0 - Posts: 59)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 4:26 PM

For some reason, earlier today I was thinking about the image of that lone man who stood in front of the advancing tanks as they came into Beijing back in the late 80s. I don't know what made me think of it, but what an amazing thing! That act of courage and defiance against tyranny makes me proud to be human.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 6:40 PM

Excellent response. That was an act of courage that will remain in peoples' minds through the ages.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 6:41 PM

I'm proud of little things.
My kids and what they have accomplished.
The fact that my shy quiet hubbie played the caliope in front of an entire city.
The fact that I take care of dying patients and their families daily.
The fact that I believe I have the most beautiful house in the world, even though I really don't.

Maybe these are not little things after all.


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