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I am a computer programmer by day and philosopher by night. I post once or twice a week. I aim to prevent blogging from taking to much time, while allowing time to develop each idea before posting it. Each has some reference to human, universal, or societal truths, while presented in an organized, understandable & consise way -- this is the plan anyway. Results may very as what rings true for one may seem false to another. Also becuase sometimes I get things wrong.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Humility


Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation. To be humble is not to make comparisons. Secure in its reality, the self is neither better nor worse, bigger nor smaller, then anything else in the universe. It is-is nothing, yet at the same time one with everything. It is in this sense that humility is absolute self-effacement.

To be nothing in the self-effacement of humility, yet, for the sake of the task, to embody its whole weight and importance in your bearing, as the one who has been called to undertake it. To give to people, works, poetry, art, what the self can contribute, and to take, simply and freely, what belongs to it by reason of its identity. Praise and blame, the winds of success and adversity, blow over such a life without leaving a trace or upsetting its balance. Towards this, so help me, God-

- Dag Hammarskjold

2 Comments:

At Sat Nov 12, 01:32:00 AM EST, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Incredible quote. I like the comment you left for me related to blogging. I always find your blog interesting, don't you dare stop posting!

 
At Sun Dec 25, 07:37:00 AM EST, Blogger stevie.be. said...

i have so much pride buried underneath my surface actions and i think pride is the opposite of humility but one day it is a virtue i so want.... and i really do mean one day as an attainable goal.

thank for this definition. i have never heard it stated quite that way. i often here of humility in christian circles but never in a more philosophical vein.

 

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