Wednesday, March 16, 2011

On Humility

Does humility mean ignoring those strengths that differentiate a person from others?

Can someone be both humble and feel satisfied with his own strengths?

Reb Moshe Chaim Luzzatto has an interesting approach in his Messilat Yesharim: He likens a person's recognition of his own strengths to the case of a poor man receiving charity. Just as the gift received by the poor man is both a source of joy and a reminder of his dependency, so too with personal strengths - they are satisfying but should also invoke a feeling of gratitude for having been given to a person.

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