Benevolence & humility

When all sorts of religions try to tell us in all sorts of ways that humility and simplicity are ‘Pleasing to God’, it is finally not a moral story, but rather an almost technical question.

Humility is not something you can directly strive for like aiming an arrow at a bull’s eye. But, humility is a consequence that is experienced by those who have reached it — or better said those who have discovered it — not experienced as a character trait, but as an insight into the actual.

Humility is the deep insight that I know nothing … and this in the most literal sense. There is no one to be found in this skin, nor outside it, any man, woman or God who knows something.

Our culture says that humility is a virtue. However, we often fail to apply the concept in our own lives.

Some of us look for aggressiveness in ourselves. We think that it will help us to succeed in life. But have you noticed that some of the greatest athletes are humble, that some of the greatest intellects are humble, and that some of the greatest leaders are humble?

There is something about being a benevolent and humble person that exceeds the expectations of the angry core of our crocodilian being. We have that great urge to survive, to remove or run from threats, to grab food wherever we can find it, to reproduce, to fight when bored, to grovel in our minds.

When we find a humble person eager to share what he or she has, we are surprised and then pleased.

Why do I combine benevolence with humility? Because they go hand-in-hand don’t they? A humble person gives his or her soul to God and serves others not expecting any earthly reward.

Here is an opinion that I’ve had for many years: The most effective leaders and the best leaders are benevolent.

Being humble does not drop your self esteem. It simply places you in the scheme of things now and in the hereafter. You no longer have to think of yourself being the brightest, cleverest, strongest, best looking person in the world.

If you are rich it will diminish the fact and you will become more benevolent. You will seek wisdom more than riches and you will govern your affairs with dignity and honor.

A humble person can take bad luck much better than a person less humble. I have noticed over the years that people from poor straights can take a loss better than a more wealthy person or a person of higher social status. They expect bad luck and they can cope with it.

Humility is the beginning of knowledge. I have much, much more to learn!

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One thought on “Benevolence & humility

  1. I like what you have written and agree with the content. If I may, I would also offer that humility is the perception that I am not better nor more important than others; and benevolence is the altruistic, selfless caring and kindness towards others.

    Just as with most of what we live, the character traits and values we hold and practice require balance. it is the composite over time that defines who we are in context and consistency of our actions through experience.

    For example, there are times when strength and directness is the absolute best approach, even with a hint of arrogance. There are times, however, when ‘sneaking in the back door’ with gentle compassion and foresight for what others may be living will gain us so much more than ‘barreling through the front door’. It is that balance — understanding the times when each approach is the right approach — and use of both knowledge and wisdom that carries us well…leading by example, setting a model. Living our life should not change whether we are being watched or in the privacy of our own thoughts, our own home or simply in quiet reflection. We don’t diminish who we are through humility and benevolence, rather we leave a trail of who we, where we’ve been and where others will pick up from our leadership. The day we think we are the best we can be, know as much as we can and no other stands near, is the day we need to stop doing what we are doing, have gone as far as we can and don’t deserve to walk amongst those of great purpose and contribution.

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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