Let me lead off by saying that there just is not enough of this demonstrated these days. I will also say that young women have the hardest time with this issue. But more on that later.
The Bible suggests that one should be humble. The ancient Greeks also. Is there a reason for this? Or perhaps from a more selfish perspective, is there a benefit to an individual for being this way? If you answered yes, then you would be correct. For through humility one can avoid mistakes. Basically most people are not all that they think that they are. This leads to an overconfidence through which decisions are not analyzed thoroughly and in a realistic light. It is really that simple. I am sure that many of you can think of friends and family that have made mistakes because of this.
Enough about the good side of humility. How about the bad side? Or, is it the bad side? Well, lots of confidence and arrogance can be fun. A puffed up ego acting as if the world was their’s for the taking. For guys, if played correctly into the just right level of confidence, chicks can be yours. For women — well it doesn’t really matter so much because often there is a man (or a government financed by men) around to fix things that go bad for her due to her overconfidence. But being overconfident is not really her fault. She is young, beautiful and in demand. And all of her life, she has ben taught that she is a special snowflake.
So there is not really a bad side. Everything is win-win. Or is it? In the long run, people have to actually perform. And not understanding your limitations is not the path to success here.
Note that most young men do grow up knowing their limitations. Success and failure, and what leads to both are pounded into them. Hence, they are much more likely to have a measure of humility.
But really the most surprising thing here is that I would even think there might be a need to write a post like this. Shouldn’t the people of the world already know this? Is all of the knowledge of our forebears forgotten? Even if that knowledge is forgotten, shouldn’t people be able to figure it out?
Note that if you have swallowed the red pill, you know humility (except maybe for Sumo)
As your asignment for the day: Describe how a lack of humility has done you (or other people in).