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"The sin of pride demands no contextual reality"


Even someone with little to recommend him can suffer from a smug and egotistical self-aggrandizement. 

That is pride's unique failing: it requires no basis in reality to exist. 

An adulterer must have a willing consort and a measure of opportunity.

A slanderer requires a listener. 

But the sin of pride demands no contextual reality.

The most foolish, poorest, and most unattractive person in the world can harbor a grandiose conception of his importance.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From Understanding the Tanya by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz