I will start my presentation with this quote to be clearly understood and followed in my comments later.
There is a modesty of a bad kind, founded on ignorance, which affects certain characters sometimes higher, which keeps them in a kind of mediocrity that reminds me that man of acknowledged merit told people of the French court in a lunch: “Ah, gentlemen, I regret the time I lost to learn how I was better than you!” Chamfort (Thoughts and Maxims, Characters and Anecdotes).
Following a very heated debate I had with friends on modesty, I have not stopped thinking about it. Am I modest? Am I humble? Maybe am not. Maybe I am proud and arrogant.
It turns out that thinking of something very long and making the necessary research, we’ll only take out with conclusions that satisfy us. So logically it’s a very subjective process!
“Sharp” Modesty (as I call it) in my opinion is the factor that makes many people extremely skillful in some areas find themselves deteriorated and have to live with this inferiority complex all the way.
When I say “sharp” I talk about this syndrome that comes to the mind of man and urges him to put a wall between what he is, what he does best and the willingness of carrying forward.
E.g.: if I am asked whether I can dance or not I answer: yes I can dance”. I do not deny and do not hide what I can do.
I know men who have stopped working, cease to continue to draw backgrounds in their lives because of this sharp modesty.
However, there has what is called pride or the desire to shout everywhere “Iam , Iam, Iam. I remain humble and modest in answering “Yes I can dance” and I would never say I can dance and I’m the best. “
However, you may say that Mohammad Ali Clay was good on this one. And honestly I watched this full documentary about him and made me think deeply for some minutes. And what if that was neither pride nor self-esteem but rather a recognition capabilities of oneself? Honestly I am confused.
You may have your own ideas about this and let’s debate below in the comments section.