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|by Dr. Frank S. K. Barar|
Buddha has said that "Humility is a great quality, but greater is to accept your errors wholeheartedly and say I'm wrong". Human life is so complex that there are chances that your opponent may be right many times, and the acceptance of that is cerebral humility.
S. Radhakrishnan explained that in his Oxford Series of Essays in 1954. A bright student stood up and said that (Radhakrishnan) had inadvertently missed a few steps in his elucidation. Radhakrishnan was extremely happy to have been corrected by one of his own students. He invited the student to come and explain the points he missed. When his student had enumerated the points overlooked by the great professor, Radhakrishnan then requested the Chancellor of Oxford Elwyn Hunte to appoint that student as the next Associate Professor of Philosophy! This is an example of intellectual humility. How many professors and 'intellectuals' have this kind of intellectual humility? Anyone can be humble but very few can be intellectually humble, because the latter entails the acceptance of the other person's superior wisdom and one's cerebral limitation.
Thus, humility is a quality that comes only with great wisdom and life's vast experiences. Humility is the cornerstone of individual greatness. Isaac Newton said, "I've got nothing of my own, all my ideas are improvements upon earlier ideas and hints given by much greater predecessors of mine". Remember the Scottish adage" Be humble and you won't tumble'.
Ref: Drawn from Times of India, dated 1.5.2017.
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