Chapter 9: Strength, Humility, and Meekness

The dialectic tension between strength and humility is a profound concept that underpins many aspects of human interaction and personal growth. Strength, often associated with power, assertiveness, and confidence, can be seen as a force that propels individuals towards their goals. On the other hand, humility, characterized by modesty and a lack of arrogance, is a quality that keeps one grounded, allowing for self-reflection and continuous learning. The interplay between these two seemingly opposing qualities creates a dynamic tension, a balance that is crucial for effective leadership and harmonious relationships.

Meekness, often misunderstood as weakness, is valuable in navigating this tension. It is a quality that allows one to be strong yet humble, assertive yet receptive. Meekness is not about being passive or submissive; rather, it is about exercising restraint, showing respect to others, and being open to different perspectives. It is about having the strength to stand up for oneself and others and the humility to acknowledge one’s limitations and learn from mistakes.

While humility is not the opposite of strength, the two have opposing conceptual meanings. Like all dialectical tensions, it is not about choosing one over the other but about finding a balance between them. Meekness serves as a bridge, a mediator that allows one to harness the power of both strength and humility. It enables one to be firm yet flexible, confident yet humble, creating a synergy that leads to personal growth, effective leadership, and harmonious relationships. Thus, meekness, in its true sense, is not a weakness but a strength that fosters balance, understanding, and harmony.

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Visual Art

  • Vincent Van Gogh, The Potato Eaters
  • Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline 
  • Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother
  • Norman Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With
  • Winslow Homer, The Life Line
  • Emily Mary Osborn, Nameless and Friendless
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti, David
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