I would like to draw down further on the investment in 'pride', to go through that shell to its valuable core: integrity. Integrity, like an 'integer', to count; integrity is also integral, whole, not an isolated 'self'. The latter the egoic trope of Bernays, shreds natural integrity at an accelerating rate in correlation with 'constant growth'- of what? monopolistic monoculture.
Monoculture, the unavoidable result of centuries of exclusionary colonization. It is humorous to think that the privileged pride of monoculture would never even have seen a calendar were it not for the diversity it seeks to crush. It is like a big-bang theory of white (or any) supremacy. Like a false 'miracle' backed up with a bludgeon while the linear troops of technology are lined up. Its hierophants: the dick chaneys of the world.
Then there is Bill Gates (gotta love that image of chains and gates) on one hand the monoculture of microsoft, and on the other the frozen seed bank. Freeze the diversity and invest in monopoly. The true keepers of seed diversity societies scorned and dispossessed while these power brokers blindly keep pushing for the model of mega dams, mega mines, the list goes on.
The true mystery is the integrity of the genius of the unanticipated heart. The unanticipated heart will always be invisible to practitioners stuck in the dark mind of monoculture. But the beauty of darkness is the value of every little light.