Humility: The search for a lost virtue
24-Aug-2017


Over the past few decades, the world has been altered; transformed and seemingly developed in more ways than one can count. Amidst the advancements and the discoveries, whilst we continue to grow, we have found ourselves in decline with regards to areas that we have unfortunately embraced with comfortable acceptance. 

Throughout distant years in history, we have faced an abundance of travesties, trials and tribulations; we conquered and we fought, we became one on so many levels, yet found ourselves still separated. But Alas, that is the way of the world. Humanity however, agreed on certain virtues; areas of morality, and blissful existence that became the key to a unified and respectfully peaceful global community. Humility is one such virtue: one that continues to decline…to deteriorate and to steer itself into impending extinction. 

Although we seek to eradicate this ego-driven society, of which we are often in denial, we forget the significance of humility in every aspect we embark on. Professionally, the decline in humility has created faltered leaders, power-thirsty individuals, and a line of dissatisfied employees that succumb to maltreatment. Emotionally, we live in a world where the lack of humility instigates an alarming rate of verbal, mental and physical abuse that has birthed itself into every existing generation. Socio-politically, the 21st century has been blinded to tolerance, and compassion; which are ultimately the most predominant aspects of humility. Thus, we find ourselves numb and indifferent to the intensity of violence and tragedy that we hear about with every passing day. 

Stressing on lost virtues has never been as imperative as it is today; in a progressive world, we have begun to find ourselves navigating further away from aspects of such nature. Families, society, educational institutes and the economic workforce have adversely redefined humility; We have adamantly negated the basic etymology of the word itself, which is ironically enough, rooted from ‘Human’. We have opposing associated words such as cowardice, indecisive, and weak to those individuals who carry an essence of humility in them. Whilst humility denies arrogance and narcissism, it is those very traits that have begun to form a desirable being; one who has the lines between arrogance and confidence very aptly and strategically blurred.

Although facts and figures would most certainly reaffirm the decline in virtuous living, the state of affairs on a global and personal front has become the main indicator of such an unfortunate and volatile circumstance. One that can only be rendered and restored once we understand that humility does not entail that we think less of ourselves, but rather that we think of ourselves, less. 


Related Articles

The Millennial struggle: Young, educated, and unemployed
Aug 16

The Millennial struggle: Young, educated, and unemployed

There is a common notion that is instilled within the average human mind; one where the current professional work force has almost consistently become a struggle to determine whether potential and competence outweighs experience, or vice versa. The truth is, every now and then, more frequently now, than ever before, a...

Read More
Deteriorating Dedication: The relentless pursuit of economic stability
Sep 26

Deteriorating Dedication: The relentless pursuit of economic stability

In the ever progressing and developing world, one surely doesn’t run out of issues to ponder upon; and one of the very predicaments that we see in our homes, communities and the world as a whole, is the deterioration of dedication. Moving along with the years and with the transformation of the global industry as...

Read More
The Search for ‘Perfection’ in Potential
Sep 15

The Search for ‘Perfection’ in Potential

One of the most common struggles that one faces today, in most aspects of life; whether academic, career based, personal or otherwise, is the continual partiality and judgement that is so fervently passed, based on the notion of ‘perfection’ as a synonymous replacement of potential. Whether one is from...

Read More