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The Secret of Life.

The Secret of Life.
April 29, 2014, 05:58:44 PM
The secret of life is humility.
Without it, life is an endless uphill struggle for survival.
And one that ultimately ends in a failure to survive.
Humility depends entirely upon reverence.
For the whole. For It.

It can do without you.
But you can not do without It.

Consider this until you understand.
It will serve you well, for as long as you serve It.


Re: The Secret of Life.
April 30, 2014, 04:19:20 AM
Frithjof Schuon: "Humility is objectivity toward oneself; charity is objectivity toward one's neighbor."

Re: The Secret of Life.
April 30, 2014, 07:09:10 AM
It's important to know your place, but a certain degree of arrogance can also be important.
From arrogance comes passion. From passion comes many great things.

You don't usually take in as much as you put out. You can only reach your full potential when you're aiming well beyond your limits. Sometimes it's good to reach out for more than you can grab.

Re: The Secret of Life.
May 01, 2014, 07:18:00 PM
You describe a possible path towards humility, not humility itself.
Finding one's limits, not knowing them.
Paradoxically, knowing one's limits enables one to regularly transcend them.
Not knowing them leads regularly to failure.

Re: The Secret of Life.
May 02, 2014, 04:38:30 PM
It's important to know your place, but a certain degree of arrogance can also be important.
From arrogance comes passion. From passion comes many great things.

These might not be in conflict. Humility means recognizes the world created you; you didn't create the world. Arrogance applies more toward confidence of abilities relative to the de facto norm.

Re: The Secret of Life.
May 02, 2014, 09:57:55 PM
I'd say arrogance can not exist without hubris, and hubris is the opposite of humility.
Although people that suffer from the condition of arrogance often mistake humility in others, for it.
Hubris, in itself, sets up one's own ego as the infinitely all-knowing God, able to judge (and condemn) anything it sees as being a possible threat, or competitor.