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What is humility?

Human virtues are vital for humanity to exist. There are many important virtues such as compassion, love, forgiveness, etc. The first is said to be humility. What is the role of humility in our education, scientific development s and our own personality?

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  • Sep 16 2013: One of my favorite descriptions of humility comes from "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis (if anyone is not familiar with the book, the author is a "senior tempter" and "the Enemy" refers to God.):

    "The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the, fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. The Enemy wants him, in the end, to be so free from any bias in his own favor that he can rejoice in his own talents as frankly and gratefully as in his neighbor’s talents—or in a sunrise, an elephant, or a waterfall. He wants each man, in the long run, to be able to recognize all creatures (even himself) as glorious and excellent things."

    Having this kind of humility allows people to work towards what is best for the world, not only what is best for them. In a perfectly humble person, selflessness would emerge naturally due to the recognition of everyone's equal importance and place within the world.

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