Arrogance and Humility

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By Terence T. Gorski,
Author

Arrogance, a very common character defect in recovering people, is marked by losing the ability to make the distinction between God and his creation (creatures). In arrogance we refuse to acknowledge our limitations and start acting as if we were God or as if there is no God.

Arrogant people do not believe that there is anything more powerful than they are. They act as if they have no limitations. In this blog I want to make some distinctions between God and fallible human beings.

I believe that there is an important distinction between man and God. I want to start this discussion of arrogance with a quote from The New Testament:

“I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day
Making all distinction clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and that those who have made great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.” ~ John 9:39

“Bringing everything into the light” can be interpreted as a call for honest awareness of our strengths and weaknesses. In other words a call for humility. <a href="http://Humility is the ability to honest perceive ourselves in all of our strengths and weaknesses. To act upon our strengths even if it goes against social pressure. To be able to overcome our weaknesses by learning, practicing, asking for and receiving help overcoming our weakness. (See: Rational Pride, Grandiosity and Humility:”>

Humility is the ability to honestly perceive ourselves in all of our strengths and weaknesses. To act upon our strengths even if it goes against social pressure. To be able to overcome our weaknesses by learning, practicing, asking for and receiving help in overcoming or transcending our weakness.

I believe that a key phrase in this passage is “making clear all distinctions.”

We must be clear about the reality that we are fallible human beings and not God.

God is …
– All knowing,
– All loving,
– All powerful, and
– All present

A fallible human being is …

– Capable of learning the truth but subject to error.

– Torn between love and hate because we can easily be driven by primitive urges, fleeting emotions, and social pressures and willing to use violence to impose our beliefs upon others.

– Have limited power because we are all subject to aging and death of the body in a world that is evolving, changing, and forcing us to continually adapt to survive.

– We have a limited presence in the world in both time, space, and direct perception of the world around us.

In most translations of this verse the word” judgement” is used in the place of “making clear all distinctions.”

The definition of judgement is: “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.

The synonyms for judgment include: discernment, common sense, making correct distinctions, and wisdom.

Another definition of judgment is: “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.”

Sobriety gives us the capacity to reflect upon who we are, the nature God (Higher Power), and our relationship with God as I understand Him. It does not guarantee that we will start or stay upon the path toward spiritual awakening.

Gorski Books: www.relapse.org

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