Recently, I attended a Bible study, my first one. I got there late and heard those in attendance talking about angels. Personally, I don’t care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. But then the conversation took on a more serious tone with someone mentioning that he was convicted about his humility or lack thereof. This got me to thinking about my own humility.
The word “equality” came to mind, and I got to thinking, “I’m equal to everyone, aren’t I?” I mused for a bit, surmising that no one is better than me, and I am no better than anyone else. We all have different talents, and we are all tribal, aren’t we? Tribal meaning family, neighborhood, sports teams (my Lions and Tigers and Pistons), ethnicity and, of course, country. I don’t see how that isn’t a safe and wholesome way of thinking.
My conclusion is that being equals to is a good thing. Our individual talents should be developed to their maximum. High expectations can deliver excellent results. But low expectations often lead to disaster.
We cannot deny our differences and they should be celebrated and, as long as they hurt no one else, tolerated. But Political Correctness (PC) seems to demand that I change my thinking to believe what you think (thought police are lurking). If that were to happen there would be no innovation, no need for critical thinking. It would be a false Utopia. Everyone would be the same not just equal. Maybe even robotic. But then that would require all to have the same talents. Soooo, no Utopia.
I think that if we truly believe we are all equal, we won’t have false pride or false humility. Maybe I have some of both, but I think that our differences in talent is what I recognize, and you recognize and are prideful of or feel bad about. I sure wish I could golf as good as my buddies. I’d save cash.
If I didn’t feel equal to others, I’d probably look for a reason. Was I born on the wrong side of the tracks? Do I have the wrong genes? Maybe it’s discrimination? But in America, there is equal opportunity to go wherever our talents and inclination take us. In the book “The Agile Gene” it makes the point that both nature and nurture determine who we are, however, our personality is what we are born with. I think optimism or pessimism is a big part of that. (Optimism doesn’t help my golf game, though.)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If there is no God, are our rights not rights but whatever those in power give us? No equality. The elites would be like in Russia. Those in the party have it pretty good. Not so good for others. The same goes for those countries with theocratic governances or dictatorships.
A good life is not guaranteed. It’s subject to arbitrary rules or, even worse, subject to the policy. The policy is independent of Law but even here in the USA, arbitrary policy may even be enforced with police power. In this environment, humility is not helpful unless it gets you special consideration.
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