The popular Prairie Home Companion, a radio show by Garrison Keillor has this line about the fictional town, Lake Wobegon – it is where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average’.
While fictional, News from Lake Wobegon depicts the part in all of us. Not saying that we are trying to keep up with the Jones, but in some cases, we are the Jones. Especially, when comparing to those who are less fortunate, our ego inflates.
Perhaps, common decency prevents us from bragging how we feel. And social norm and political correctness keep us toe the line from arrogance. But no denying, it is human nature. Deep down it is who we are.
Fortunately, aside from the externals, this moral dilemma between ego and self esteem can strike a balance through self awareness and genuine compassion, lest we forget. We are human. Only through honesty can we face our redemption.
Do you agree that saying humble does not make one humble?