To the Editor:

Humility is described as a state of being unimpaired, while others say it is a character weakness. Some claim humility is  greatly underrated and certainly misunderstood.

Psychologist William Jones writes that the deepest cravings in all human beings is to be appreciated, yet sociologists find that public discourse and respectful dialogue is at an all-time low. Such common attributes as empathy, truth, trust, friendship, reconciliation, strength of character and consensus building have taken a back seat to arrogance, selfishness, and an inflated sense of importance.

Most importantly, experts agree, humility is one of the most important contributions to growth, helping to build trust, while facilitating learning, key aspects of leadership and personal development.

Further, they say, history teaches us that the great peacemakers are people of integrity, honesty and humility, using their success for the greater good rather than their own self-aggrandizement. Spiritually, we are guided throughout the Bible with verses such as 1 Peter 5:5: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

So, how can one become more humble? Spend more time listening to others, practice mindfulness, focus on the present, be grateful for what you have, seek feedback from others, ask for help when needed.

Above all else, we need to work on being a gentler, more understanding society. We can start here at home in the Lowcountry. Humility starts with you and me, and is a worthy New Year’s resolution.

Earle Everett

Moss Creek