Friday, October 31, 2008

Oh, How This Resonates with Me

Looking back, in an effort to see myself as I was in those days, I am afraid I was not a very friendly or agreeable young man. I was carrying a chip on my shoulder and daring the whole world to knock it off. And the reason I so often took a high tone with people who, it seemed to me, doubted my ability to do the thing I wanted to do, was that, inwardly, I was by no means sure I could do it myself. It was a form of whistling to keep one's courage up.

Inside, I was full of the disdainful scorn of the small and precious snob.

I had not yet learned that one cannot really be superior without humility and tolerance and human understanding.- Thomas Wolfe.


Utah Savage said...

Substitute the word boy for girl, woman for man and you have me.

DCup said...

It's all a learning process, isn't it?

Gail said...

humility, tolerance and human understanding. SO critical to everything. Actually defies superior.

I know lots of folks with a "high tone"..... gah (your word) :-)


Liberality said...

he shall know you by how you treat the lowest among you.