Pride of place

“And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.” This is a quote from the official Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in February 2008. A signed copy of the apology is on display at Parliament House in Canberra.

Pride is one of the positive mood states identified by psychologists, and is in the company of interest, enthusiasm, being inspired, and excited, and feeling strong, alert, determined, and attentive. On the “negative” scale are moods such as scared, nervous, upset, distressed, irritable, hostile, ashamed, jittery, afraid, and guilty, which presumably includes contrition.

I’m travelling, so there’s no time to elaborate. But here are some pictures from a capital city that foregrounds pride.

360 degree view, showing lots of clouds. The ground looks spherical. Flag pole is at the top.



  • Bastian, Michelle. 2013. Political Apologies and the Question of a ‘Shared Time’ in the Australian Context. Theory Culture Society, (DOI: 10.1177/0263276413486679), 1-28.

    Watson, David, Lee Anna Clark, and Auke Tellegen. 1988. Development and validation of brief measures of positive and negative affect: The PANAS scales. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, (54) 6, 1063–1070.



  • Connections: pride, proud, uprightness, identity, nationhood, pride and prejudice, seven deadly sins, Tower of Babel, out and proud, black pride, hubris, reconciliation, pride of place.

1 Comment

  1. kimo says:

    There are two kinds of “pride” in Chinese with a same word, we can only distinguish it by different context — one is “proud”, another one is more like “arrogant”. And also, there are two kinds of “jealousy/envy” in Chinese with two different words, one is tend to be a negative emotion, while another one feels like appreciate and admire. I totally agree that pride is a positive mood that give us, even people around us more energy, but if it present improperly, it might turn into arrogant. The same happens in the two different “jealousy/ envy” I mentioned above. This is interesting because two mood seem so close but actually showing an overwhelmingly different angles, mental states and temperament of different people.

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