In A Treatise of Human Nature , David Hume describes pride and humility as two opposite passions. He describes them as being passions that have the self as an object. He describes pride as being elated and humility as being dejected. He also describes pride as being pleasant and humility being painful. Even though they are both opposites, humility and pride both share the same object in self and neither ever becomes superior. It is, however, impossible to experience both humility and pride at the same time. The two passions at the same time would just cancel each other out. Hume describes the causes of the two passions as: “Every valuable quality of the mind, whether of the imagination, judgment, memory or disposition; wit, good-sense, learning, courage, justice, integrity; all these are the causes of pride; and their opposites of humility.” (183). Hume goes on to say that not only are these passions caused by the mind, but they are also caused by the body, “country, family, children, riches, relations,
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