Humility, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the importance of learning from our mistakes as part of understanding Humility.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“The wise person possesses humility.  He knows that his small island of knowledge is surrounded by a vast sea of the unknown.” — Harold C. Chase

Benjamin Franklin told a story about how he first found out he might need to learn humility.  Franklin had been explaining to a Quaker friend of his all the ways that he was working very hard to become a more virtuous person, and that he was pretty proud of the progress he had made.  His Quaker friend told him kindly in reply that:  “I was generally thought proud;  that my pride showed itself frequently in conversation;  that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing and rather insolent;  of which he convinced me by mentioning several instances.”  Franklin was rather hurt by this at first, but thinking it over, decided that his friend was right, and determined to cultivate greater humility.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  When we know we’re right about something, do you think it is ok to be overbearing and insolent to other people?  Do you like it when people treat you that way?
  2.  Is it important to be able to admit to ourselves and others when we have made a mistake?  Does this take humility?
  3.   Should we try to learn from our mistakes?  What is an example?

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