Saturday January 5th 2019Tim
more often defined in terms of low self opinion. "He's a
humble boy. Doesn't think much of himself." In Latin,
humilis, or something like it, meant of inferior origin
in the sense of low quality, a lowly birth, low class in
some places, a category of low rank that depends upon
the assumption there is a high rank and that within the
continuum of rank some fortunate and others unfortunate,
it's a total playground for the eugenicists and all
those -ists that copout of thinking and metastasizing
into -phobics where all human progress goes to die.
Which is why some of us force ourselves to go to town
every now and then.
Argue if you
wish to, but fundamental to my own understanding of
humility is the word arrogance, and fundamental to
arrogance, as well as extraordinarily high self esteem
is the bald faced reluctance to admit to error. It's
some combination of humility and arrogance that produces
the word confidence. Again from a Latin word that was
used to mean, not just Trust, but Full Trust. In what
that trust might be remains unspoken, could be anything.
"He has my confidence." And when your tongue is deep in
the cheek of deception, "He has my full confidence."
With respect to the sadder outliers of our species it's
quite amazing what can be learned from the current US