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Monday, August 11, 2008

Pagan Virtues -- Humility

Monday, August 11, 2008
The third item in my series on Pagan Virtues is humility. Humility defined as the state of being humble. I know that definition does little to explain this virtue. So let us move one and define humble; having or showing awareness of one's defects.
I think that humility is something that is missing in our culture. We are afraid of letting our kids lose, at anything. They have done away with keeping score and/or lowered the standards in school, so that no one's self-esteem is damaged. And what has been the result? We have a generation of children with no drive. They do not understand that they have limitations and so they can't understand why they fail in the real world.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not advocating ruining a child's self-esteem. But rather I am encouraging parents to let children try, and possibly fail, on their own without interference. If you instill perseverance in your children and not let them quit, they will overcome any obstacles to to finish something.
The youth of today have been described as cocky and to full of themselves. This is another symptom of the lack of humility in our children. They don't know that they aren't invincible and perfect because we have never taught them to know it. If we don't let them fail and try again then they will not learn any kind of awareness of their defects.
Blessed Be!
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