So, there’s a blog post getting virally shared on social media. The post was originally written as a homily by a priest who calls himself Fr. J. The title of the blog post is “Do You Have an Ateneo Blue Ego?” I saw the link on the Facebook wall of an Atenean, I read the full article, and…
I rarely agree with anything that priests say (especially if they are bishops active with the CBCP) but there is one part of the post that is worth mulling over.
There’s nothing wrong with school pride; it’s a wonderful virtue to celebrate at graduations and sports competitions. But if it’s taken way too seriously–as it sometimes is, one could get carried away and end up carrying it beyond the occasions where it properly belongs. A healthy dose of school pride could morph into a subtle and dangerous sense of self-entitlement based on nothing but one’s diploma.
I agree. But I disagree that it has anything to do with the alleged “constant striving for excellence that the Jesuits encourage us to engage in ad majorem Dei gloriam (or in English, ‘for the greater glory of God’).”
The twisted extension of school pride to ridiculous lengths is true with students, faculty and alumni of almost every school — and not just colleges and universities but even high schools and grade schools. It is especially strong among alumni who, figuratively speaking, seem to be wearing their diploma on their forehead all the time. I know a lot of people (I said A LOT and that means NOT ALL) who define their self-worth by the social status of the school that they go to or have graduated from.