Humility and the Death Star: If you don’t build it, it can’t blow up on you.

Humility.  If you’re honest with yourself you’ll admit you don’t like this word very much.  You might even admit that you hate that word; not just it’s meaning. but the spelling and sound of it too.  Chances are the feeling of loathing might come from more than just “It’s the word that lost me the school-wide spelling-bee in 4th Grade”  Forget using the word in a sentence; if a sentence were the center of the universe, this word is the farthest thing from it.  It conjures up images foreign to the 21st Century “culture of self-celebrity” we’ve created for ourselves.

In my line of work, you don’t meet many humble people.  They may be good at faking it but, truthfully, speaking that word is like trying to recite the “Poem of the Rings” from Lord of the Rings to them in Elvish or the language of Mordor; it just doesn’t compute.  Years ago I met J.D. Hayworth, who is now a former Member of Congress.   I met him because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time; a “Members of Congress only” prayer breakfast that I got kicked out of.  When we met he was kind enough to actually talk with me and told me how he had just read about humility from one of the epistles in the New Testament that morning (this was June ’06).  I was floored, I couldn’t believe it.  I remember thinking “this will probably never happen again” – it hasn’t.  Too many in Washington suffer from Luthor Syndrome but are unaware (or if they are it’s not a high priority on their personal repair list).

I recently finished Humility by Andrew Murray.  Written in 1895, it’s considered to be the treatise on the subject and when you read it it’s not difficult to see why:  there is a lot of truth and conviction in its pages; 117 years after it’s publication it’s just as applicable – probably more-so – as it was when it came on the scene.  The basic premise is that all human sin and evil stems from pride and the antithesis of pride is humility.  That Christ came to live, die, and rise again, as an act of humility above all else to restore the proper relationship between creature and Creator; a relationship of humility which an act of Pride – on the part of our first parents – decimated.  It caused me to wonder if the restoration of this humility which was lost was in, fact, the First “Quest of the Hero” and to note that “Luthor Syndrome began with Lucifer” – as it was an angelic problem prior to being a human one – which begs the question “was Pride the ‘Origin of a Supervillain’ or is it the Supervillain itself?”

I can’t help but think of the Death Star when I ruminate on Pride and Ego; it’s the ultimate symbol of it.  Enslave various species to build a battle-station the size of a small moon, blow up the planet it’s built in orbit of, and then gallivant it around the galaxy threatening to blow up other planets.  Why?  Because you can; you have the power, so why not use it?  Obviously the Empire and Spiderman operated, not just on opposite sides but in different universes.  We all know what happened to the Technological Terror, it blew up.  It isn’t as if Darth Vader warned that it could happen, oh wait.  The same goes for individuals; to paraphrase Kevin Costner, “If you don’t build it, it won’t blow up…”

Humility comes through active engagement, through training, as Luke Skywalker did on Dagobah.  The training must be continued until it is finished and not cut short like Luke cut his.  Victory only came upon the competition of the training and facing the final test.  So it is with humility:   always training until the day of completion, when the eternity set in the hearts of men is clear and present and no longer the shadow that we know now.

How big is your Death Star?

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Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

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