The courage of humility

“I was wrong.”

“I too have said or thought things like that.”

“This policy that I thought would help is actually hurting and needs to be changed.”

Three of the most difficult things to say, but oh the benefits we would reap in their saying. Can you imagine how much better off America would be if we were injected with a heavy dose of humility?

Let’s do that. Let’s imagine.

  • Trans-activist courageously reads news articles highlighting the deleterious effects of transgender ideology. She thoughtfully examines her reasons for advocating trans-rights and humbly recognizes that they’re more about virtue-signaling than a genuine concern for truth, justice, and the good of her fellow human beings. Determining to align her ideology with reality and be willing to take a stand against the mob she has traveled with, she admits and proclaims, “I was wrong.” Other mobsters are forced to self-examination by her humble admission and exposure of dishonorable motives and, taking courage from hers, admit their error and change course.
  • Thousands of people about to pile on criticism of the latest victim of cancel culture are caught up short by unwelcome but vivid memories of crude and rude slurs coming out of their own mouths, or typed into an email by their own fingers. Some perhaps never outright expressed the ridicule and mockery their thoughts often turn to regarding certain people types or groups, but they know that doesn’t absolve them. Non-expression doesn’t nullify the unkind, sexist, racist, or otherwise “cancellable” thought or attitude. And because of the hypocrisy in their own hearts they’ve courageously faced, they humbly resolve not to vilify others for sins they themselves also commit.
  • Government leaders witness unexpected and undesirable consequences of policies they instituted or advocated for and muster up the courage to reexamine their advocacy. Reminding themselves that wise leadership is what they are to be about, even if it means looking foolish in the eyes of some, they humbly admit their error and resolve to reinstate or reinvent policies so that they genuinely meet the needs of the people whom they serve, no matter their political leanings.

It could happen. It only takes a spark to start a fire and it only takes a few courageous individuals to spark a conflagration of confession. Some think that being humble is a sign of weakness but it’s actually the opposite. It is the brave soul who risks ridicule and backlash to admit that he has been wrong or that she has also disparaged others. It takes courage to concede that your decision or decree was unwise and take steps to reverse it.

We are currently experiencing a pandemic of pride that has weakened and divided our country. Let’s cultivate a culture of courage so that we can be strong again. If enough of us bravely get the shot….that heavy dose of humility….we’d be well on our way to a welcome recovery.