Humility, By John Ruskin Essay

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Humility

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.”
~John Ruskin
John Ruskin’s quote tells us that a great man is determined by his humility, but what is humility? Humility is not lacking pride but not having too much pride it’s being confident but at the same time having respect for others ideas and beliefs and viewing yourself or putting yourself in others shoes.Everyone has their own perception of humility, whether that is humility in Judaism in accepting who you are, humility in Islamic faith or, humility in Christianity which is not to say think less of yourself but think of yourself less.
“The term "humility" comes from the Latin word humilitas, a noun related to the adjective humilis, which may be translated as "humble", but also as "grounded", "from the earth", or "low", since it derives in turns from humus (earth). Humility is variously seen as the act or posture of lowering oneself in relation to others, or conversely, having a clear perspective and respect for one 's place in context”(wiki. humility).The encyclopedia of ethics defines humility as a low perception of oneself or holding yourself to a low standard (Norvin, Encyclopedia of ethics) claims that humble people are supposed to be modest when they should be boastful or full or pride of toward an action Norvin uses the example of Christian virtue to describe humility as God’s grace being the reason why you are saved and that anything that you do of your own accord is your fault…

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