Saturday, March 17, 2012

About humility

I am no more humble than my talents require. 
- Oscar Levant

It may be true that humility is part of the road to Awakening. But I feel that when others demand that you must be humble, it may have more to do with the fact that a lack of humility is offensive to other egos, they may feel trampled on or looked down upon. 

"Do we praise the blade of grass which stand taller than the rest?! No, we cut it down!" 

A personal learning of truth is a different matter, of course, here you may learn that personal differences are all illusory.

Funny koinkidink: a couple minutes after posting this, I was chilling to a silly cartoon, Kick Buttowski, and in that particular episode Kick, a kid who's big raison détre is daredevilry, find's out his mom is one too, and famous too. And he's bummed out. Explaining, he says: "somehow Mom being awesomeness makes me... less awesome." His friend says: "Since when does Awesome + Awesome make Less Awesome? 


Laurie said...

very funny, that *Kick* example.
And love that last line, "Since when does Awesome + Awesome = Less Awesome?

my sense is, "humility" is a dreamstate notion. Only where there is belief in a separate self are notions like "humility" and "compassion" links to awakening.

In awakenness, awakening, who is there to be humble, much less "awake"? Every blade of grass or every molecule of oxygen is awesomeness. Or another way of putting it, nothing special :)

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

"Only where there is belief in a separate self are notions like "humility" and compassion" links to awakening."

Very true.

It could also be said that only where there is belief in a separate self is there any need for links to awakening. :-)