Wise Words: Humility

Let’s break this down a bit further.

Intolerance: the unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behaviors that differ from one’s own.

And accepting a different view does not necessarily mean to agree with it. Just because you accept or tolerate a differing belief doesn’t mean you agree with it. You respect a difference in opinion, you agree to disagree, and move on.

Arrogant: an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

And arrogant is different from pride. I see it as arrogant being pride gone too far.

Humility: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people. Humbleness.

And to be humble, modest, or having humility does not make you weak or naïve or a pushover. It means you are accepting the fact that everyone is an individual entitled to their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas and sometimes these thoughts, beliefs, and ideas will differ and sometimes even conflict with someone else.

I love this quote because I have mixed feelings about it. I love it for its frankness and the touch of truth behind it. However, it could be argued that there are times when you need to take a stand in your beliefs that makes you a victim to arrogance and intolerance, but I think there is an exception to every rule. And that it is possible to stand up for your beliefs with humility. This quote highlights the standard accounting for exceptions.

Humility is a powerful characteristic and believe when humility is put into practice, people tend to listen more and grow.


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