From Nipun Mehta for the Daily Good
In our present day world we all rush to be the center of attention. We want to be seen, heard, and applauded for who we are. There is a different way though. One that will bring far more success and peacefulness than a new set of selfies, or a pat on the back that many cannot live without.
That is, being humble. We do not need to be seen and heard to be important. Rather, it is a far better means of understanding ourselves and the world we live in to be humble. This is not the popular route, but it will save a lot of grey hair, stress and anxiety problems.
Slowly our communities, and society have moved to power grabs and attention seekers over being meek and thinking of others before self. What a sorry state when me has taken over, and no one really ever considers we anymore.
This shows not only in our actions and behaviors, but mostly in our words and the text that we use to talk of ourselves and others. People now respect individuals who have huge bank accounts and can fund something or pay their way through life.
Quality of human existence has been replaced with personal worth in the workplace, equities, and what the title before or after your name is. It should be based on the caliber of the character and the willingness to help others and community.
This would not be such a problem, or an issue if it did not cause the wrong characters to come forward. Where is the empathy that we used to have as a society for others? Homelessness is up, violence is increasing and we do not seem to even blink an eye at it. Arrogance is a strange bedfellow and can only serve to aid one if they remain in a place of power and affluence.
When the chips are down one will have to learn humility in order to live and survive. We need it as a people in order to be able to make the changes that will keep this world going. We cannot look at others as if they are servants to do our bidding. Others have feelings to and being able to relate to others is what makes us uniquely human.
Humility does not mean one has to lose self either. In our own humbleness we find our self. We find what makes us strong, courageous and beautiful. Being humble is a way that we connect with others and the world around us.