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Sustainability, Community & Spirit

Humility

Humility is the state of being humble. While people may have different ideas about the meaning of humility, a protypical humble person is generally thought to be unpretentious and modest: someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important than others. Humility is not to be confused with humiliation, which is the act of making someone else feel ashamed, and is seen as something completely different.

It is:

* Freedom from false pride or arrogance
* not proud or haughty
* absence of vanity
* unpretentious

__Humility in Religion, Spirituality, and Philosophy__

In religion and spirituality, humility is generally considered a positive value. In monotheistic religions, humility can be seen as a form of respect towards and acknowledgment of a supreme being.

__Humility in Christianity__

In Christianity, humility, or meekness, is seen as a virtue, encompassing three skills:

* yielding ones Rights and possessions to God,
* earning the right to be heard rather than demanding a hearing, and
* responding properly to anger when others violate one's personal rights.

Amongst the benefits described (or claimed) in the Bible are rewards in heaven, honour, wisdom, eternal life, unity, and others.

__Other views of humility__

Mahatma Gandhi is attributed as suggesting that attempting to sustain truth without humility is doomed to cause it to become instead an "arrogant caricature" of truth.

Humility is considered an important virtue in Taoism. The following quote describes how a wise person should see his accomplishments, according to the Tao Te Ching (77.4).. a wise person acts without claiming the results as his; he achieves his merit and does not rest (arrogantly) in it: -- he does not wish to display his superiority.

Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
~~ George Arliss

In order to swim one takes off all one's clothes - in order to aspire to the truth one must undress in a far more inward sense, divest oneself of all one's inward clothes, of thoughts, conceptions, selfishness etc., before one is completely naked.
~~ Soren KierkegaardKobe 10 ELite PE