Why humility is under-rated and misunderstood
Post published by Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on Jan 08, 2015
Humility is widely under-rated in most Western cultures, it seems to me. It’s also widely misunderstood – maybe that’s why it’s under-rated.
Our popular-media culture is saturated with themes of conflict, combat, and conquest. Popular films feature cops chasing crooks; the military fighting terrorists; the lone avenger pursuing the evil-doers. We say we love peace makers, but our heroes are warriors. As a society, we like our celebrities to be cheeky, self-important, and even a bit narcissistic.
Little wonder that humble people seem a bit strange to us, as if they’re following some syncopated life rhythm that few people around them quite “get.”
Having claimed that humility is misunderstood, I suppose it’s incumbent on me to offer a definition.
What is humility? It’s a subtle concept, and I find myself having to frame it…
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