‘…Steal my pride, Leave me blind, Steal my pride, And leave me blind, blind, blind now…” Boogie Woogie Woogie to sounds of the fall and please ignore the woeful screeching of my attempts at singing. Thank The Powers That Be that you can’t actually hear me, huh? This past week we stared into the abyss and saw what happened to a vivacious woman who lost herself in an ideal of ‘beauty’, how pride made us all liars, and how being a overconfident King lead to anguish and violence. Somehow I think as long as there’re people these things will continue to occur. In the immortal hamster wheel of Pinky and The Brain, “What do you want to do tonight?”
“The same thing we do every night, Pinky – Try to take over the world!”
Now that the Seven Deadly have had their say, it’s only fair that we give the opposition equal time – And thus this week begins the first in our series of The Seven Virtues. They’ll be making their appearances in the reverse order of their counterparts so Humility is up first.
Theme: Humility – the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc
Structure: Free Verse
In what seems like every religion still practiced on this shiny blue marble, Humility is seen as a guide to understanding and appreciation on the path to better things whether you believe in an afterlife or not. It is both a quality and a practice, to be repeated and valued. Following the beginning of the religious alphabet: The Amish call it ‘Glassenheit’; the Buddhists see it as the tip to their trifecta of enlightenment; the Catholics were inspired by it so much it started a style of painting (see – The Madonna of Humility), and on and on and on.
In the words of the great Maya Angelou: ‘I’m a religious woman. And I feel I have a responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I’m even afraid of it – it’s a learned affectation and it’s just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from the inside out.”
We happily await your interpretation of this great virtue: Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org to be published.