Feelings of superiority and abusive behavior are signs of weakness

@manong05 (5030)
Philippines
February 9, 2007 10:24am CST
and humbleness (humility) is a sign of strength and power. Great power under control. Weak persons uses physical power to make up for their weaknesses. This is what I remember in one of my readings long time ago. It may not be the exact words but something to this effect. Do you agree to this idea? Do you know of some concrete examples in life?
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Humility is definitely a source of power...not fake humility, but real, deep down and realized humility. Jesus of Nazareth is a prime example of that one. True humility is also a very attractive quality, one who possesses it can draw others like a magnet. Also you're right about weak persons..they do use their physical powers to control others. Also people who have the gift of talk, who are able to manipulate and control others through their clever word juggeling and ability to "pull the heartstrings" of gullible individuals. There are alot of current "religious" leaders who do this very well...you see it everywhere. Then of course there's the KKK...they use brute strength to prove their power, by committing violence against innocent people. I think people who are full of fear also resort to violence, in some vain attempt to eliminate what is different from them, or who they feel threaten their way of life or what they believe in. I've experienced all this in my own life. Through marriage, or bosses at work..my own family...I'm talking about individuals with the divine qualities, as well as with the not so divine qualities.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Yes, there is such a thing as fake humility. I'm humble and I'm proud of it kind of stuff. Your input about the power of words is good. Words can build people up and they can tear people down. Put in the hands of evil people, they can use it to manipulate others and use them for their wicked purposes. Cheers.
• United States
9 Feb 07
Certainly, I agree that superiority and abusive behavior are signs of weakness. This is a corollory to the maxim in Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR. The maxim? When weak attempt to appear strong. When strong attempt to appear weak. These are things that many people do without even conscious thought. Sun Tzu was merely verbalizing something that naturally happens with many people. By saying it out loud the effect can be thought about and maximized for effectiveness.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
you certainly are a wide reader redyellowblackdog. Good input. Cheers
@mssnow (9496)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I agree with you. You see it all the time in spouse abuse. The man has to have power by beating his wife. The rapist has to have his power by abusing his victims. The ones who abuse the children have to show power. It is all related to them needing to be in control because for some reason they lack it in other areas.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Very graphic examples! just perfect. You have clarified the points even better. Cheers.