We do not have to acquire humility. There is humility in us – only we humiliate ourselves before false gods.
Simone Weil from Gravity and Grace
How well this point is put. We worship what we lower ourselves to obtain:
- Money – doing a job we dislike, but which pays well.
- Power – pandering to our political bosses, even when they ask us to do things that are dishonest.
- Fame – drinking in the successes and failures of celebrities, even when we know its all empty.
We are creatures who pride ourselves on our autonomy, our creativity and our many gifts. We resent the thought that all those gifts are simply gifts from God and that they can only be respected by being returned to God in service.