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Article Teaser: In this day and time, it almost seems as if kindness, politeness, consideration, and most of the lessons we were taught as children were tossed out of the window one day and replaced with a new set of rules. Could it simply be that children these days are born with a defect, lacking self-control? Or are they just not being taught the way they should be taught; parents blaming modern day hardships and circumstances? It is true that the children being raised today will determine the shape of our future, but in the meantime, whose example are they following?

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Humbleness: Should It Be Humiliating?

Copyright (c) 2007-2017

In this day and time, it almost seems as if kindness, politeness, consideration, and most of the lessons we were taught as children were tossed out of the window one day and replaced with a new set of rules. Could it simply be that children these days are born with a defect, lacking self-control? Or are they just not being taught the way they should be taught; parents blaming modern day hardships and circumstances? It is true that the children being raised today will determine the shape of our future, but in the meantime, whose example are they following?

With so many religions and spiritual practices existing today, along with false truths and skepticism pertaining to their books of practice, it may be hard for a person to decide which religion they want to follow. Some people choose to remain neutral, feeling that it is a much safer approach to worship a higher being privately. It doesn't matter what religion one chooses to follow, humbleness is one of the most important qualities that we as human beings should not fail to practice. Most people who initially hear the word "humble" think of things such a good nature, modesty, and surprisingly to some, it may even sound threatening. The Farlex dictionary had several definitions; let's examine:

hum·ble

Adj. hum·bler, hum·blest


1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.

2. Showing deferential or submissive respect

3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly As it is seen, being humble requires a person to "destroy their ego" amongst other behaviors that the term seems to disqualify.

Jumping back to the vast population of people who have seemed to abandon morals; this would seem to be a major task since morals play a huge part in humbleness. Some people may argue that being humble is a sign of weakness. As the American Heritage Dictionary source states: "lack of vanity or self-importance". Vanity as defined by the same source: "excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments". A few questions are now posed; does humbleness require a level of insecurity? And, can one be humble and still be secure in the fact?

It would seem that a truly humble person would not have to deal with insecurities in terms of people "finding out". It should be something to pride instead of being ashamed of. If this were the case, a person would be expressing both humility and pride. In terms of people needing to be insecure as a person in order to be recognized as humble is nothing more than ignorance and insecurity in itself.

It is clear to see that the English language is poor at expressing these concepts. Hypocrites are perfect examples of insecure people needing to boost themselves up to be humble, using their attempts towards humbleness to position themselves above others who they observe to be less humble. If they were truly humble, none of this would be necessary. Being humble includes not being judgmental of anyone and also accepting that what you feel may not necessarily be correct. Taking the time to consider someone else's views create a modest balance. Is it true that being humble can lead one into becoming abused and controlled?

It does require submission and the ability to turn the other cheek on a situation, but it should not be looked upon in such light. Some women associate this word with being submissive to their husbands. There have even been situations in churches where this word would cause more conflict than good. To my knowledge, many simply define being humble as allowing oneself to be humiliated. Considering the number of people, particularly young teens and adults who feel this way, it is not hard to see why the world is the way it is. A lot of it has to do with fear. It is amazing how aggression is the complete opposite of humbleness, yet so much easier to adapt to.

In conclusion to such a controvert question, it feels safe to state the act of true humbleness must be determined by oneself; otherwise it could possibly be considered as being judgmental. The most essential part of the discussion is the example some parents are setting for their children. The kind of people they grow up to become determine what kind of world we have to look forward to.


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