Week 05: Humility

Arrogance

Humility’s opposite, arrogance is an unjustified and inflated (immoderate) sense of self, sometimes expressed as grandiosity.
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Being Mindful

Mindfulness is to be aware of everything you do every day. Mindfulness is a kind of light that shines upon all your thoughts, all your feelings, all your actions, and all your words. [Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers (New York: Riverhead Books, 1999), p. 18.]
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Equanimity

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t
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Patience

. . . adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. [Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Education“] Every man must patiently bide his time. He must wait — not in listless idleness but in constant, steady, cheerful endeavors, always willing and fulfilling and accomplishing his task, that when the occasion comes he
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Forbearing

If anyone who has been once or twice warned remains obdurate, do not argue with him . . . [Thomas à Kempis , The Imitation of Christ (ca. 1450).] During the next half-century and more, my race must continue passing through the severe American crucible. We are to be tested in
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Skepticism and Doubt: Intellectual Humility

The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself, is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity, without panic and undue fear. [Erich Fromm] Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. [Will Durant] Life is “doubt in action” . . .
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Modesty

The houses are haunted By white night-gowns. None are green, Or purple with green rings, Or green with yellow rings, Or yellow with blue rings. None of them are strange, With socks of lace And beaded ceintures. People are not going To dream of baboons and periwinkles. Only, here and
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Humility

Humility — true humility — is one of the most expansive and life-enhancing of all virtues. It does not mean undervaluing yourself. It means valuing other people. It signals a certain openness to life’s grandeur and the willingness to be surprised, uplifted, by goodness wherever one finds it. [Jonathan Sacks,
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