The Ultimate Virtues: Humility

Humility is tough for young children to acquire. Most parents want them to have high self-esteem which can lead to less commendable behaviour such as:

  • self-admiration,
  • feeling superior and being arrogant about it,
  • exaggerating self-worth, importance, or stature,
  • boasting and bragging, and
  • judging others.

Humility makes room for others by:

  • showing respect and concern for the welfare of others,
  • taking responsibility for our faults and failings rather than blaming others,
  • apologizing when we do something wrong to others,
  • making amends, and
  • giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying our own self.

Humility leads to authentic self-improvement by:

  • making us aware of our imperfections,
  • leading us to try to be better people,
  • freeing us from conceit, vanity, and inflated pride in oneself, or one’s appearance, and
  • modelling propriety and modesty in dress, speech, and conduct.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself,

it is thinking of yourself less.”

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