A famous author once said, “Anger is an acid, that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored, than to anything on which it is poured.” That being the case, prideful arrogance is also a cancer, spreading malformity in the actions of men. When overwhelmed by pride, a man’s deeds are lessened, coming to serve little more than self-aggrandizement. It leads you to look down on those around you, our people even, they aren’t in “the club,” so “what do they matter?” is usually the line of response.
A People ought to be proud of where they come from, the accomplishments of their Forebears, and the Lord knows there is much substance in our history. Recognizing that, we should be humbled, they are not necessarily our accomplishments per se, but it give us much to live up to. We should always keep in mind that we inherit our society from our parents, just as one day we will pass it on to our children. We must still make our contribution to the works of history.
Take pride in the those preceding achievements, but do so with humility. Recognizing that we have much to live up to, that we must strive to improve upon that which has been bequeathed to us, and instill that same ethic in the generations to come. Then, will we be worthy of the same accolades we offer to those which came before us. We will then be worthy of our descendants’ praise, with grace, honor and all the virtues that make up the character of our people.
We must strive to be greater than we presently are.
So I urge you, in the fight for the future, leave behind a history worth remembering. We can do great things, but only if we are humble enough to follow the example of the great men who came before us.
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.