Humility


Humor, Narcissism, sarcasm / Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I think it’s overrated. People have often told me that i need to be humble, and have pointed me to sterling (in their view) examples of humility – He is sincere,dedicated, hard working and humble – they say. But come on, Humility is when there is something you can be proud of, when you achieve greatness, when you are a normal, average to above average person what exactly are you being humble about? You are not being humble – you are just being normal. So Michael Jordan can show humility. Or Federer can be humble. But you and I, we can’t be humble. We are just being ourselves. We need to achieve greatness before we can be truly humble.

Don’t you think so?

an aside: check this out – actually all of them are brilliant – but this one is related to what i am saying above as well.

For two people with the same level of output, the person who is more capable will find it tough!

16 Replies to “Humility”

  1. Not sure I see the connection. Slackness (or perseverance) is hardly the same as humility.

    My two-bit worth as an aside, I don’t think its about being humble for you…you’d probably do well to just take yourself a little less seriously. That’s not the same as thinking LESS of yourself and your abilities.

  2. Not sure I see the connection. Slackness (or perseverance) is hardly the same as humility.My two-bit worth as an aside, I don’t think its about being humble for you…you’d probably do well to just take yourself a little less seriously. That’s not the same as thinking LESS of yourself and your abilities.

  3. i dont think that i would see it as slackness, although general perception would be ‘slacker’. But it doesnt make sense to penalize someone for greater ability. ie for two people at the same organisational level with the same targets and same achievement levels, the guy who is more able will be viewed as a slacker. What sense does that make?

  4. i dont think that i would see it as slackness, although general perception would be ‘slacker’. But it doesnt make sense to penalize someone for greater ability. ie for two people at the same organisational level with the same targets and same achievement levels, the guy who is more able will be viewed as a slacker. What sense does that make?

  5. I’m not quite sure why humility is a virtue. I think that, in common discourse, there is a subtle equivocation between “knowledge of your superior ability with respect to your peers” and “wilful arrogance”. To my mind, the latter is psychopathic- associated with abuse of power. What do I mean by that? I point you to Gustave Gilbert’s interrogation of the Nazi war criminals. The commonality between these monstrous instances of humanity was their lack of empathy. To put it simply, they were unable to imagine, and relate to, the costs of their behaviour on other human beings. Many people, placed in positions of power/ perceived superiority, display wilful arrogance.

    For some reason, the display of your knowledge [note: I’m not using “belief”] of your superiority is always construed as “wilful arrogance”, loosely defined as ” a belief in your superiority” but *used* with the implication of “wilful arrogance” as I have defined it- which, if true, is a cause of resentment.

  6. I’m not quite sure why humility is a virtue. I think that, in common discourse, there is a subtle equivocation between “knowledge of your superior ability with respect to your peers” and “wilful arrogance”. To my mind, the latter is psychopathic- associated with abuse of power. What do I mean by that? I point you to Gustave Gilbert’s interrogation of the Nazi war criminals. The commonality between these monstrous instances of humanity was their lack of empathy. To put it simply, they were unable to imagine, and relate to, the costs of their behaviour on other human beings. Many people, placed in positions of power/ perceived superiority, display wilful arrogance.For some reason, the display of your knowledge [note: I’m not using “belief”] of your superiority is always construed as “wilful arrogance”, loosely defined as ” a belief in your superiority” but *used* with the implication of “wilful arrogance” as I have defined it- which, if true, is a cause of resentment.

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