Pitfalls of Pride

The critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption (directed by Frank Darabont, Columbia Pictures, 1994) serves as a good example of the dangers and pitfalls of pride. “Warden Norton never shied away from embarrassing (and torturing) his prison inmates. He thought he could never be outwitted. That was until one of his inmates managed to escape the prison without him noticing, exposing his corruption to the world” (“Pride before a Fall: 8 Tragic Movie Egomaniacs,” slide 4, CNN Business, March 21, 2015, https://www.cnn.com/2014/10/23/business/gallery/overconfidence-in-movies/index.html). Like with Warden Norton, the pride of the Pharisees led to their undoing. In the particular case of the Pharisees, it ultimately prevented them from experiencing the healing of the Great Physician, medicine that all people need—even rabbis and religious leaders.