Pride, envy and self-esteem

Pride gives rise to envy, which is the destroyer of men’s souls, because murder, in any of its dimensions, is the fruit of envy. Meanwhile, self-esteem – instead of being healthy as so many think these days – gives rise directly to falsehood and hypocrisy (St Thalassios). A leading indicator of the presence of pride in the individual is that “we may appear to be humble, but if we are envious we are proud” (Met. Hierotheos, 2010, The science of spiritual medicine, p. 126, 131).