Pride explains ego-based evil, but there's id and superego based evil. To get a little more concrete, eliminating pride wouldn't solve pedophilia.
(attn IXTPs: Don't quote me to talk shit about Freud - that's not the point)
I think of ego as a broad term to mean something like self importance. So I've thought for awhile that all unethical situations result from one person having an exaggerated sense of self importance. An ethical situation is where there is a balance of power. That's my version of Taoism applied to ethics.
Edit: So pride or ego in the negative sense would be an imbalanced ego; a balanced ego is good thing.
"An upsidedown wire heart
Being sucked into a periscope
Still the mind is dull
Like you need another excuse"
… a theory is primarily a form of insight, i.e. a way of looking
at the world, and not a form of knowledge of how the world is….
.. all our different ways of thinking are to be considered as
different ways of looking at the one reality, each with some
domain in which it is clear and adequate…. - David Bohm
I heard someone say this yesterday? Do you agree? Not agree? Why?
I could really dig into this, but in short, this statement feels slightly off to me. I dig the paradoxical nature of pride being a source of great good and great evil, so that's not my issue. Pride just isn't enough of a fundamental drive, I think. Pride is just a reward mechanism and motivator to acquire status and resources. It's the drive for status and resources, left unchecked, that seems to be the true root of evil.
What keeps that drive in check? I'd say empathy. When we feel someone else's pain and motivations, and view them as a fellow human being that shares our struggles and desires, it becomes harder to wrong them. It's been shown that money and power both decrease empathy, which may be why "money is the root of all evil" and "power corrupts".
I feel as though egocentricity is more of a root. (That can lead to child abuse and other crimes).
It's not just pride, but being unable to think of everyone around you as actual people with real lives and feelings. Sort of like you're the main character and everyone else are just disposable extras.
The reason I am not a bird is that I would fly forever and die of exhaustion.