Pride Comes Before the Fall

Pride comes before the fall… Ah Shane, how we love your topical and ever cringe-worthy puns.

Ah Shane, how we love your topical and ever cringe-worthy puns.

This last Monday saw the launch of Limerick LGBTQ Pride festival 2017, and a few of us quayre Stanzas heads were at the event providing a bit of literary madness.

I figured it was prudent to write a prideful poem for the event, and while researching I came across a wonderfully intriguing quote from “St.” Thomas Aquinas on the nature of pride, and simply had to weigh in on the matter.

Aquinas writes:

“Inordinate self-love is the cause of every sin… The root of pride is found to consist in man not being, in some way, subject to God and His Rule.”

Aquinas misses the mark I think. He understands that Pride separates man from God, but Pride is not equivalent to dogma. Pride is not about self-obsession. It’s about admiration: of the self, of the other, of the whole. Pride is the ability to admire that which makes you you. Your ego. Pride lets you step outside your ego, to look at it, analyse it, and criticise it. Surely then Pride is necessary to eventually shed the ego and live a life greater than yourself. Sorry Tom, I’ll do without fearing God’s vengeance, and I’ll advocate self-love for any and all I meet, the better that they know themselvesLGBTQ Pride is even more important again. Not just from people who fall under the rainbow but for all who wish to see a fair and equal world where everyone can be free to be whoever they are. I was once asked if Ireland still needed Pride since the marriage equality referendum was passed. And my answer is of course! We need Pride now more than ever. To stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sister around the world who may not be as fortunate as we are.

LGBTQ Pride is even more important again. Not just from people who fall under the rainbow but for all who wish to see a fair and equal world where everyone can be free to be whoever they are. I was once asked if Ireland still needed Pride since the marriage equality referendum was passed. And my answer is of course! We need Pride now more than ever. To stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sister around the world who may not be as fortunate as we are.

We march for those that can’t, we march for fairness, for equality, for the joy of the human experience. We march for ourselves and we march for you. All of you.Will you march with us?

Will you march with us?

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This blog post was written by Jared ‘Rainbow’ Nadin. If you have something to say and nowhere to say it, why not send it in to us! If we like what we see, we’ll put it up 🙂

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Pride Comes Before the Fall

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