“Come! Baby Come!”, said the egomaniac as he faded into the annals of obscure history. Miguna Miguna was a big mouth with a literal big mouth, and he was a classic example of someone full of himself. But where that has gotten him is a good lesson for others to see beyond their self importance. He got a whole nation talking about him and used the fifteen minutes to ruin his chances at an actual shot at real fame. One would say if he had any more pride he would have had precisely 15 minutes of fame.
Humility unlike pride doesn’t come at a price. But humans are a weird lot always going for the option that is more resource intensive, the option that has been shown over and over again to bear bad fruit. And yet it’s the option of choice for most of us. It’s the option that drives us to add another sports car to the collection when there are tonnes of people whose lives would be changed or even saved if the money was spent on them instead. It is the option that drives North Korea to invest a shitload of money in nuclear weapons when its people are suffering. It is the option that makes the developed world spend a lot of their excess wealth in excess military strength when other countries can barely feed their people.
In our pride driven race to get to the top, we often forget that we live in a society and the one thing that should identify as apart from non humans is our humanity. And yet we keep driving, going faster and faster, viewing humility as and humanity as a reserve for the naive.
Humans always want more, and do anything to get there while in the process stepping on the guys without even though they could share what they have with them and both rise up. And it’s not like this is an encoded part of our DNA, it’s actually a flaw we choose to inherit and to nurture.
It doesn’t help to always put oneself first. Before making everything about you think about the other person. How are they affected? Before doing something to someone we should ask ourselves if it something we wouldn’t mind being done unto us. I don’t draw my morality code from the Bible but I appreciate the fact that there’s some wisdom in it. There’s one verse in particular that I think Christians should spend more time practicing than reciting. It says “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”. And it’s not just Christians who should observe it but everyone else keen on seeing better things happen around them.
Be selfless today and do a good thing to a random person. See if it gives you satisfaction. If it does, it means you have it in you. Humanity. And if you like that it gives you satisfaction, why not do it again. And again. Why not live your life like that. Why not make the world a better place, by thinking beyond yourself.