24 December 2011

Humility and Confidence

A ranting moment against a school teacher who said that Humility and Confidence were contradictory terms:
Humility and confidence may seem to conflict but in truth they can happily coexist with each other because they cover difference functions. Humility is about submission and respect for the superior. On the other hand, Confidence is about being bold enough to ask the right questions and to do the right things.

The balance can be seen in the ancients’ interactions with the gods. It was not the peasants, who let the gods do whatever they wanted, who were favored; they were abused. It was not the kings and heroes who challenged the gods who, in the end, won favor with them; they were destroyed. Instead, it was the humble but confident individuals who said, “I do not care about the consequences, I just need to keep my oaths and uphold justice.” These earned the respect of the gods, earned their favor and became legendary.

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