Humility in context

How is humility expressed in the context of modern communication methods?

Certainly the new media for communication including social networking venues removes some of the nuances that used to be critical for communicating effectively. If the statistics are correct a large majority of communication is non-verbal communication and that means for many of use communicating via electronic pathways limits the most significant element of communication.

Humility though is more than just body language. Humility is a way of being that can be expressed in written language and more so as the result of actions that are generated when interacting with others. It could be the words that are used and those could be words that are an expression of love, compassion, other-centeredness, caring and empathy. Humility can be sensed in the way a sentence is written and how the words are chosen.

Humility ultimately is an expression of love.

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self. We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.” Horace Mann

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One response to “Humility in context

  1. It seems to me that much of our electronic communication involves little emotional content, simply for the reason that emotional content is much easier to misinterpret without another person’s presence. By limiting ourselves to shallow exchanges, we limit our ability to show care.

    The anonymity of electronically (specifically text-based) communication also makes it easier not to express love, since we’re not presented with another human’s face. For example, it’s easier to just delete an email and not respond, than it is to ignore a person standing in front of your desk. Perhaps the ease of electronic communication is breeding a mindset of convenience over courtesy.

    However, in a culture of unlimited communication demands on limited time, can it be any other way? One person can only repeat “I don’t have time” a few hundred times before conversation is their day’s only accomplishment.

    Is courtesy a part of humility?

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