After yesterday’s post on humility, I felt there might be a need for another look at the subject. Lest anyone think that humility implies a lack of humor, I thought I might talk about how not to be humble:
- While it may be okay to be proud of being humble, boasting about it to everyone you know seems like it misses the point.
- Telling your coworkers, “I can’t talk to you right now, I’m working on my humility”? Not so much.
- Deliberately screwing up so that you have things to be humble about (admittedly, there is a school of thought in Mussar that calls for making oneself appear foolish–for instance, walking into a bakery and asking to buy a hammer–in order to inculcate humility, but that’s different).
- Refusing to take a drivers test because you might pass, and after all, you know you’re not worthy of passing.
- Offering to teach a class in humility.
- Avoiding certain people because they “harsh my humility, man.”
- After beating someone else’s highscore, explaining to them that they shouldn’t feel bad, because really, you’re not very good.
- Printing up and wearing a t-shirt which says: “I got your humility right here, babe.”
- Going around all day and pointing out to everyone how they would act differently if they were as humble as you. (This is just a bad idea in general…it really will get you smacked a lot…which now that I think of it might lead to learning some humility…well, your choice on this one).
- Aspiring to be a Master of Humility.
If you’ve got more ideas, leave them in the comments: