Humility

Definition: a modest quality; opposite of arrogance, aggressiveness, and vanity.

Many people say they feel humbled when they look up at the sky and see how small they are compared to the seemingly infinite amount of stars.

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Like caring or selflessness, humility can be put in the most important category of the heroic traits. Humility often separates the famous from the heroic. Professional sports is a perfect example of that separation.

  • Steve Yzerman was an amazing player for the Red Wings, a professional hockey team from Detroit. When he played, he made everyone around him better and he consistently was an amazing player. He attributed his success to his coach and the players around him, not himself. He never called himself one of the “greats” even though he was and is a sure thing for the NHL Hall of Fame.
  • Terrell Owens, on the other hand, is not humble at all. Terrell plays professional football for the Dallas Cowboys and is widely known for his showy touchdown celebrations. He constantly calls himself the best player out there and his endzone celebrations show his lack of humility each game.

Unlike Achievement, where a hero can announce what he or she has done, Humility cannot be declared by the hero. A hero proclaiming their humility is the exact opposite of being humble. Humility is something a hero can practice, but can only be recognized by others.

What is your definition of Humility?

Who is the most humble person, real or fictional, that you know of?

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  1. Matt Langdon

     /  March 6, 2008

    I remember Barry Sanders and Jerry Rice showing humility on the football field. Marvin Harrison does it now. There’s no endzone antics, just respect shown to their team mates and opposition.

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