11 January 2016

Thought for the day: humility vs humiliation

Here’s a thought-provoking passage from something I’m editing at the moment:
we are humbled when we encounter some surprising aspect of raw reality, whereas we are humiliated when others intentionally diminish us. You could say that when we are humbled we have found our true place on the planet, whereas being humiliated puts in the place that someone else has in mind for us. It is one thing to be ‘down to earth’, another to be pushed to the bottom of the pile by those scrambling upwards. Humility is subtle and nuanced, because it is a real human virtue.
It comes from an article entitled ‘Discipleship and Christian Character’ by Stephen Cherry of King’s College, Cambridge and is due to appear in the May edition of the journal Theology. The entire article if well worth reading.

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