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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Self-righteous people hate self-righteousness

Please enjoy the irony of this letter to the editor published in the Deseret Morning News.
Brigham Young University is not hated for its superiority as Frank Millward says (Readers' Forum, Nov. 23). It is hated for its arrogance and holier than thou attitude.

My wife was offered a scholarship to attend BYU but turned it down to attend Utah State University. Two of my friends were accepted by BYU and went to the University of Utah. I, too, was qualified to go to BYU but pursued my academic career elsewhere. All four of us dislike the Y., not because we could not get in, but because of the self-righteous attitude that Millward and other BYU students, alumni and fans display.

Robert Cottrell
South Jordan
Why did all those people apply to BYU if they all dislike it? Does Cottrell think pride is a trait unique to BYU among the universities of America?


  • That letter to the editor made me laugh. Some people...

    Go Cougars! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/28/2006 10:57 PM  

  • There is a big diference between alpha pride (good pride), pride in oneself, and beta pride (bad pride), or hubris- being so convinced of your righteousness that you try to impose it on other people. Living in Utah my whole life, I have to agree with the article. The LDS culture in Utah is staunch, prideful, and the BYU culture is a manifestation of this overbearing holier than thou pride- the bad kind.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/19/2008 3:34 PM  

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