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Humility and Arrogance

Question:
How can one be humble?

Response:
One can be humble by being realistic. I am an ordinary human who came to this life by the kind decision of my God. He created me from an ordinary drop of water which went through various stages of development in the womb of my mother. Then I took some time to grow up. As a child I was dependent on my parents and other people . Then I started doing a few things on my own and as an adult have started to achieve in some areas. Very soon this phase will be over and I will either die, or grow too old or weak to do anything worthwhile. It will be downright stupid of me to be arrogant for the small things I achieve during this brief period, knowing where I came from and where I am going to go. Only God, the Almighty, the Eternal Being, has the right to be arrogant.

Also, I know very well that I know very little compared to what others know. What I know today is very different from what I knew a few years ago. And if I continue to live, I may know more which may change my views on many things I know today. What should I then be arrogant for?

I have only two options: Either to be realistic and therefore humble, or be stupid and therefore be arrogant.

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