“The need to feel superior is a basic human sickness.” “The trouble with false pride of any kind which makes a man despise another is that it is always costly and often dangerous.”
On February 12, 1961 WFAA radio in Dallas broadcast an episode of the Temple Emanu-El Program in which Rabbi Olan challenged his listeners to come to terms with their false pride. In particular he named feelings of educational, economic, racial, and religious superiority as being both destructive and sacrilegious. All people are created by God and are therefore of infinite worth. Peace and harmony can only be fostered by treating others with understanding, sympathy, love, and humility.
“The social cost of false pride is so staggering that it ought to compel us to re-examine our relationship with each other as human creatures.”