The Quick Turnaround From Humility to Pride

In general, the proud love humility in others and often try to sell it to them.  Then, in one of the tragic ironies of sin, the humbled sometimes reply by usurping the very pride they had hated.  They reach for proper self-respect but end up overreaching– as in the case of oppressed people who revolt against tyranny and then become tyrants or the case of certain feminists who respond to the pride of dominant males by searching for God in themselves and somehow end up believing that they, or their abilities, are actually identical with God.  In sin as on ice, people coming out of skid tend to oversteer.

-Plantiga, Cornelius; Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin

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