You feel good, you're fulfilled, you know why you came to earth, if only for a moment of reason. That's not joy, it's something else. It's confidence, but in yourself. It's silent and soothing. It's the intimate strength that comes from a sense of honor and challenge, pride. Pride, all the more powerful for not expressing itself. Pride, self-esteem and, by extension, the self-esteem of the group to which we belong. It's the only way, as the moralist would say, to put up with ourselves. Pride is important! It's important to live in a country we're proud of, it's important to have victories to our credit.
To renounce pride is both to renounce wisdom and to renounce power. That's why this year's theme is pride. Yes, Cocorico!