- Stairs built on pride -

How Humility must be sacrificed in order to achieve a dream


the quality or condition of being humble; having a modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank ; having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience ; courteously respectful.

Not understanding the importance of one as well as the importance of others

In The Great Gatsby , The Inside Job, Slavery, and The Holocaust there is always who has lost their sense of value. They give themselves the highest rank and then they give the value of another human life the lowest.

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I love you but I love me more. . .

Daisy was mesmerized by money and all the luxuries it provided. Her dream was simple; to live a long rich life. She sacrificed humility when she chose to use Gatsby to achieve her dream. When she ranked herself better, more important that Gatsby.

Just days after the accident, she stood on her porch “gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor" ( Fitzgerald 103) . Exactly where she wanted to be. The fact that Gatsby could fall into grave trouble never crossed her mind.

More money for ME.

"Christine Lagarde: The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself."

- but that's not how it worked. In the documentary "Inside Job" the crimes of wealthy politicians and business men are brought to the surface of picture.

Their dream was to get rich, no matter the cost. As long as they got their private jets and a beach house, nothing else mattered, nobody else mattered. Their humility was flushed down the drain because they lost sight of the value of another human being.

Sitting on a throne of LIES

Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco. Plantation owner's dreams were to build up their wealth and expand their work. They were willing to treat other human being as animals; beating them, using them for labor and separating them from their family. They sacrificed humility when they agreed to turn a blind eye to every fact that proved how wrong they were. They used other human being to get rich, and they ranked themselves higher than the slaves. They saw themselves as inferior beings who could treat the African Americans like slaves. Without blinking an eye, they seperated families, pulled children away from their mother just like a calf is taken from its mother.

" I wish to see you all, but I expect I never shall see you all-never no more. "

Wrote a mother to her husband, children and family whom she fears she will never see again.

Dear Husband-

This is the third letter that I have written to you, and have not received any from you; and don't know the reason that I have not received any from you. I think very hard of it. The trader has been here three times to Look at me. I wish that you would try to see if you can get any one to buy me up there. If you don't come down here this Sunday, perhaps you wont see me any more. Give my love to them all, and tell them all that perhaps I shan't see you any more. Give my love to your mother in particular, and to mamy wines, and to aunt betsy, and all the children; tell Jane and Mother they must come down a fortnight before Christmas. I wish to see you all, but I expect I never shall see you all-never no more.

I remain your Dear and affectionate Wife,
Sargry Brown

Point of view

"Greed is good" Gordon Gekko claims. He looks down from the top of his success. Gordon's dream was to get rich at the expense of anybody who crossed his path.In order to achieve his dream, Gordon had to step on other people, he lost his humility. He saw himself as a worthy and better person, he saw himself as inferior. Greed got him to the top, so yes in his eyes greed is great but to somebody standing on the side , the higher he rises, the harder he'll fall.
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Who decides worthiness?

In the Holocaust, Nazis had a dream of living in a world without Jews. They sacrificed humility faster than the other examples. They are willing to look people in the eyes while stepping on them. They understand how what they are doing and are even proud of it. Pride is the opposite of Humility and the Nazis had a lot of pride.

In the photo, the camp guards held their arms high, their pride fueled their actions, as they forcefully beat the prisoner.

Work Cited Page

Camp Guards Beat a Prisoner at the Cieszanow Labor Camp. 1941 - 1944. Photograph. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Cieszanow, [Przemysl] Poland.

Brown, Sargry, Mrs. Letter to Husband. 27 Oct. 1840. MS. Richmond, Virginia.