ModestyThe modesty is the virtue consisting of know your own limitations and weaknesses and act according to such knowledge. The term comes from the Latin word humble.

It could be said that humility is the absence of pride. It is a characteristic of modest subjects, who do not feel more important or better than others, regardless of how far they have come in life. For example: “The champion of the last Grand Slam of the season showed his humility by rallying for more than two hours with the children who had approached the stadium”, “The Hollywood star showed his humility when he greeted each of those present”, “Humility is not a characteristic of this singer, who always criticizes his peers”.

It is interesting to note that, depending on how the attitude of a person, there is a very fine line between humility and ostentation. Concepts of this nature require the observation of the behavior of others to exist, and this results in the fact that the same event can be perceived in various ways. Each one carries a story, with a series of positive and negative experiences that have contributed to the construction of a unique and unrepeatable personality. When looking at others, we cannot help but judge them and, for this, we only have our memory.

The people who live their vocation Fully, for example, they are often characterized by staying away from fashion trends, sheltering in their own world, studying or preparing for long hours and enjoying their life in an authentic way. If someone dedicates himself to a discipline with all his energy, it is expected that he will fulfill a series of personal goals and that he intends to share the happiness that this causes him with his loved ones, since we are a social species.

ModestyFaced with this need to show one’s own achievements arises a judgment by your environment, and not everyone is prepared to face the merits strangers. If we look at media phenomena, a mediocre artist is much more likely to be widely accepted than a talented one, and even more so if he pretends to feel close to his audience. A teenager who drops out of school to raise her children, which she conceived as a product of her rebellion and irresponsibility, does not receive so much hatred, as a scientist making a revolutionary discovery.

This shows us that the common people distort the concept of humility, turning it into a service which consists of not sharing with others those achievements that may hurt their pride for not having achieved something similar. Returning to the two previous examples, surely no one would be angry if a television program gave the young mother a car to help her in her day to day life; But the Nobel Prize awarded to a woman who dedicated her entire life to research can generate a sea of envy and unfounded attacks.

The word humility can also be used as a synonym for poverty, of lack of resources. This can be seen in the phrases “a humble person” or “a humble neighborhood.” It is worth mentioning that this use usually has a positive connotation.

The religions they tend to associate humility with the recognition of divine superiority; all human beings are equal in the eyes of God and they must act accordingly. For him buddhism, humility is the awareness of the path to follow to free oneself from suffering.

From the philosophy, Immanuel Kant affirms that humility is the central virtue of life since it provides an appropriate perspective of the moral. In order to Friedrich NietzscheOn the other hand, humility is a false virtue that hides the disappointments that a person hides inside.