Sunday, December 07, 2008


It’s interesting to me that the word ‘modest’ derives from the Indo-European root ‘met’, which means ‘to take appropriate measure’. A modest person is one who has ‘measured’ himself correctly -- one who understands who he is (his ‘size’) in relation to the Universe. He knows that the Universe is vast beyond measurement, and realizes that, in comparison, any individual person is minuscule -- a ripple in an endless sea. He knows that each ripple is important, but no more important than any other -- that all the numberless ripples are equally essential to the amicable workings of the Cosmos. A modest teacher has correctly measured himself in this way, and therefore walks quietly in his classroom, speaks with benevolence, and listens to what the Universe is telling him.

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