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The Very Nature Of Humility

By Aaron Miller

Among the virtues, none is as important as humility. Yes, it’s an ironic statement, but being humble is one of the most crucial thing of all. Humility lays the foundation for the development of all other virtues. With true humility, powerful demons like greed and fear disappear all on their own.

When speaking of true humility, reference is obviously made between genuine humility and false forms of it. We see in any number of supposed holy men around the world these days the false humility that confuses many. This confusion only points up the fact that in order to recognize genuine humility, one has to be genuinely humble oneself first. Only an eye that works can see other eyes looking at it.

But what is true humility? Does living a life of poverty help one to achieve it? Does living an anonymous private life help?

Herein lays humility’s greatest conundrum. For all its importance, humility can’t be worked for. It goes against the very nature of humility to seek after it – for the seeking of anything distorts what is being sought. Humility means above all a appropriate regard, a proper understanding – keep things in perspective. Humility isn’t ostentatious obsequiousness, but neither is it a denial of the truth. Kings may be humble although they be kings, although of course the most kingly of all is the human man or woman.

So humility is “important,” in a sense, but can not be sought-after. Can it be developed? How?

Through love. And what is love? Humility in action.

Love comes naturally when the mind is quiet, when we give up the mental background noise we believe to be our own thoughts but which, more often than not, is merely opinion we have learned, often unknowingly, from the youngest age.

When we love genuinely, we are naturally humble.

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