Sunday, March 8, 2020

Virtue development - Humility, part three, the paradox of humility

Part three - the paradox of humility

To say, “Look how humble I am” is obviously not to be humble. To be vain and proud of one’s humility is a trick of the ego. Gratitude for the talents and abilities one has been given and achieved is the more humble way to enact this virtue.

In verse 17 of the Tao Te Ching it is written:




And so the humble person knows others and respects them. The humble person empowers others by sharing information, by teaching skills, by facilitating opportunities for people to use this knowledge and skills in ways that are satisfying and fulfilling.

A person of humility is often unrecognized for their contributions and needs and wants no recognition credit, but rather takes delight in the blossoming of others and oneself. It is this witnessing of positive developments that is enough.

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