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He accuses them of pridefulness, which was never a sin in my book, and makes it impossible for them to work together.
The former expression revolves around efforts to raise one's spiritual level (a difficult, ongoing process) while the latter drips with arrogance, an unseemly certitude, and worst of all, pridefulness.
Hitler likewise created a variety of pretexts for invading other nations to capture resources and cultivate national pridefulness, not unlike the present.
34) Yet, Hays saw this as one of his most significant failings and a sign of his own pridefulness.