Why Are We Told to Be Humble?

Humility

I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about that very question. Many times throughout your life you are reminded to be humble, but have you actually looked at what the word means?

So what is humble?

I will be using screenshots from Dictionary.com as references.

Humble

Ok, so…

  1. I understand how arrogance can be annoying but do I really have to not be proud? What happened to when we were taught that we should be proud of what we have accomplished and teaching our children to be proud of their accomplishments and who they are?
  2. Why should I have a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, and subservience? That is total crap! No one should have to feel that way! Everyone should be able to see their worth and share it with the world!!! What happened to, “I am woman hear me roar”?
  3. So apparently I should see myself as low in rank, importance, status, and quality? Yeah, I don’t think so! I would never want anyone else to see me as low in importance and quality. How self damaging would it be to keep telling yourself that!?!
  4. Humble opinion? Why does my opinion have to be humble too? If I am right, why do I have to pretend that maybe I am not?
  5. Small in size… Well, I am pretty darn short, but that is not what they are getting at. I think all those motivational speakers out there would tell you that you can not be happy and see yourself as small!

Humble as a verb…

Humble as a Verb

So, I am supposed to make myself humble? I have no interest in making myself less important or losing my dignity! I also would not want to lose my will or destroy my independence or power!

The whole meek part just makes me shutter! Let’s look at meek…

Meek

I will just point out the key words… Docile, submissive, compliant, spiritless, tame, OBSOLETE.

Wow, where do I sign up! That sounds like the recipe for a horribly miserable life!

Final Thoughts…

Yes, I am being a little overly dramatic! Yes, everyone could probably use a little more humility. No one wants to be around someone that just wants to brag about themselves and no one should have to deal with being put down so someone else can feel better about themselves. That is about respect for others though, not humility. I think that you can be respectful of others without lowering your self worth under the guise of humility. We juggle so much every moment of our life and I think we have every right to be proud of all that we do and who we are. I also think that we should be able to want respect for all that we do. We should not have to sit back in the shadows and pretend that we are not strong and intelligent.

Okay, my rant is over! So what are your thoughts on being humble?

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