Humility and Pride

Many of the Strange Classrooms I attend deal with this thing called humility, and sometimes I feel that the thinking of a few of the “teachers/ Old Timers” in the Classrooms, is flawed. As you may know by now, I DO NOT follow anyone or any idea blindly, and often get told that my questioning is arrogant and shows a distinct lack of humility on my part.

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

Humility has a spiritual energy to it. It allows honesty and presence. It admits mistakes but doesn’t beat itself up about them. Humility makes amends. Humility is not inflated by ego or by people-pleasing attitudes and behaviors. Humility is a quiet energy, but it’s not shy. Humility is open and willing to accept what is. Humility receives and adjusts, but does not measure.

Humiliation, on the other hand, has an injured energy to it. It is full of shame, blame, anger and defeat. Humiliation is full of sadness and defensiveness. It feels stepped on, crunched down, a helpless victim. Humiliation is too shocked to move. The flame of humiliation burns low. It wants to disappear. It is in too much pain to look at itself. It wants others to look away. It will lash out at itself and others.

To live without humiliation is not to be mistaken for being arrogant or full of pride.

Pride: another word and concept that seems to be misused and abused. Having pride in oneself is not a bad thing. With all the sayings abounding about pride I notice the focus is generally on the bad side of the meaning of pride i.e. “Pride come before a fall.”


Without the other side of pride humiliation is inevitable and true humility, impossible.

Pride also refers to a satisfied sense of attachment toward one’s own or another’s choices and actions and if one is not proud of one’s choice, either one will defend oneself, destroying any humility one may have or; hide the choice by hiding it away or justifying it in some way. Here however one has to be very, very careful of what one is proud of and if wrong have the ability/humility to admit the mistake, receive and adjust.

This is, as always, just one man’s opinion.


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One Response to “Humility and Pride”

  1. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Reblogged this on Section Eight Solutions.

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