humble yet bold
humble yet bold
Who craves the approval of everyone? Those are ashamed rather than humble.
The humble do not crave to secure everyone else’s approval. Nor do the humble presume to grant approval indiscriminately.
The ashamed crave everyone else’s approval and may even grant approval indiscriminately, for they hope for approval in return. The ashamed habitually act to compensate for their fear of experiencing their own shame.
Those already humble do not fear shame (nor disapproval, nor the absence of either approval or disapproval). Those who fear shame are already ashamed, but not yet humble.
At the end of shame is humility. Let shame follow it’s course. Those who would cover shame with pride may be vain in doing so.
Shame is merely the fear of fear itself. Let fear follow it’s course. Rejecting or fearing fear merely perpetuates fear and produces shame and, while the repression lasts temporarily, vanity.
The vain are so ashamed of their own fear that they may shame others for experiencing fear. The presence of fear threatens the ashamed, who may urgently tell others (and themselves): “Stop that now; you should not be so fucking negative!”
Vanity is the indicator of temporarily compensating for shame. Craving for the approval of everyone is vanity, and there is no end to it, for the moment after vanity is appeased at all, the devil is insecure again, fearing a possible loss of approval. The devil seeks to earn a way into a distant heaven. Shame compensates for living in hell.
The ashamed, not the humble, crave approval. The ashamed, not the humble, tend to blame anyone else to cover their own shame. The ashamed, not the humble, are argumentative and defensive.
Humility is the absence of shame. Let shame and fear follow their course.
Who fears rejection by anyone? Those are compromising rather than bold. If one fears rejection by anyone, one compromises, and that one rejects integrity and trustworthiness in the hope of avoiding rejection, that is, in fear. Temporarily avoiding rejection eventually attracts it.
The bold neither fear others rejecting them, nor fear rejecting others. The compromising fear others rejecting them and may even fear rejecting others.
Is it clear that one who is truly humble is already bold? However, those who make a public display of their boldness, who seek others to recognize them as bold, to agree with them, are simply insecure. Poor devils, bless their hearts!
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