Thought of the month

The acquisition of humility largely consists in losing one’s fear of being destroyed.

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  1. #1 by Taren on 9.24.07 - 3.58 am

    But how do you lose that fear?

  2. #2 by Alex Marshall on 10.5.07 - 2.56 am

    Wouldn’t there be a certain sense of humility in realizing you’re own frailty?

  3. #3 by Michael Glawson on 10.5.07 - 8.04 am

    Taren, in thinking through how this fear might be shed, two things keep popping up in my head. First, I think one should reflect on specific instances where one has decidedly lacked humility, to try to figure out what the process of reasoning behind that instance looked like, and then evaluating those reasons to see whether they are rational or not.

    Secondly, I think there’s probably a real need for courage in being genuinely humble. I see arrogance as the other side of the coin of fear. Fear is an emotional state that manifests itself often in a protective shell of arrogance. To conquer that fear we need to thoughtfully examine it (the first point above), but since the fear manifests itself in action, combative action is also needed. So one must seek, after rational analysis, to shed that protective coat in social situations and behave in a way that leaves one vulnerable to whatever one fears, even when one knows that the fear may come true.

    Alex, did that address your question at all? If not, can you rephrase so I can understand it better?

  4. #4 by Alex Marshall on 10.5.07 - 2.46 pm

    Yes, it did.

  5. #5 by Taren on 10.6.07 - 8.35 pm

    Thanks, GMG. And I guess it only seemed like you used a bunch of big words because I read this at 4am? Who knows!

  6. #6 by Clinton on 10.11.07 - 4.16 pm

    Michael,

    You really need to go to my blog and follow the link in the post on the calvinist pastor.

    Hugs & Kisses

    Clint

    http://www.summaphilosophiae.wordpress.com

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