Awake to Nobody
Humility defined: a “modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.”
Dominant values disparage such talk.
More and more, it doesn’t matter what you say. Just say it louder than your competitor. You will win the attention, the work, the money. You won’t be left scolded, defeated for your thoughtful attempt at a conversation in a board room or an online chat. Don’t be so humble. Respect yourself! Be confident!
These are the keys to survival, to success.
But importance is not capabilities, nor accomplishments. Importance is not the basis of self-esteem. How important is any one human, anyway? And if so, for how long?
Even intentions of modest importance can slip easily to self-importance.
If contentment is the only goal (and what other goal would there be?!), the veil of self-importance can lead you astray.
What happens when we surrender to the moment, to humility? What happens when we think like scientists, like humble skeptics who can prove ourselves wrong?
When you awake to nobody, it may be way better than it sounds.