The strength of humility

Wherever our society got the “meek is weak” idea from, I don’t know…but this idea is so far removed from the truth that it’s not even funny.

Think about this for a minute.

Any weak-minded, untaught individual can raise a fist. Many with no effort it seems, can whip out a disrespectful remark in no time. It’s part of people, because they have been desensitized to disrespect and violence for so long.

Often, when kids get bullied, parents- desperate, and unsure of what to do to help their child, may say things like  “That’s it. We need to take you to karate school so you can learn to fight back.”

When has retaliation ever solved a problem? It just creates more retaliation. It perpetuates a cycle that society seems to fall in line with perfectly, and one that keeps going around and around…It’s like the dog that can never catch up with his tail. He never catches it, he just keeps chasing it.

It takes a strong-minded person to break the negative cycle of retaliation and pride, and to re-train their mind. To build new genes. It takes a lot of strength to walk away from a fight. To deescalate a tense and stressful situation by saying “I’m sorry.” To listen when being talked to, and not think you already knew everything. It takes a certain strength of mind to turn around and give a cup of coffee to the person who just yelled in your face.

It takes true strength of mind to be humble, because being proud, overbearing, and taking revenge, have been glorified for so long.

Humility, my friends, takes some character.

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2 thoughts on “The strength of humility”

  1. Yes, it’s a cycle that is hard to break because it has been going on for literally thousands of years, and we still have a long way to go. That said, I took my kids to karate school when they were young, and I thought it was good for building confidence and character. New students begin by learning moves to block punches and kicks; they don’t work on anything aggressive until they have been studying karate for a while, and mental discipline is a very important part of the sport. Anyone who wants to go to karate school to learn how to beat up bullies doesn’t belong there!

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    1. Yes, it’s hard to break, you’re right!

      Yeah the bullying/karate scenario is what I’m talking about here.

      I understand that there are people with great intentions who have taken karate, and in no way am I trying to put down the karate instructors or people who have attended 🙂

      What I’m trying to say is that this is the viewpoint of some parents, and I think with the issue of fights and bullying, it’s important for parents and individuals to focus their efforts on achieving a peaceful solution to these conflicts, rather than fight.

      Thanks so much for your comment Meg! 🙂

      You have no idea how great it is to see new comments when I come to my blog, being that it is still new.

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