I think these attitudes are mostly for the best, though I think I would seek to modify them in some ways.In this post, I want to focus in on how false modesty, an emotion I think people sometimes develop as a corrective against arrogance, can actually become a counter-productive kind of With seemingly any power comes the power to hurt.We all know of many ways that powerful people can hurt others deliberately.
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It is easiest for powerful people to unthinkingly hurt less powerful people because in those cases ramifications to the powerful are least likely to come or are least likely to be potent should they come at all.
One thing I have noticed is that an internalized sense of false modesty helps people underestimate their own power.
Sometimes a relatively well-meaning person does not want to superior to other people or, especially, to feel like she is someone who has a lot emotionally invested in being superior to other people.
This is likely due in some part to the various social and moral pressures against feeling better than others that I mentioned at the outset.
While most of us rightly want to be exceptional in some way or another, we often feel a lot of social and moral pressure not to think of ourselves as generally better than others.
And, even more urgently, we feel pressure not to convey to others that we think ourselves superior and not to be primarily by a desire to be generally better than others.
Even as it’s understood that inevitably greatness requires beating out competitors in one arena or another, we certainly should not think of ourselves as better than people or be motivated by a general desire to outclass people in general.
We should even be as gracious and modest as possible to those whom we best, lest we be sore winners.
So she might avoid indulging in feelings of great superiority because such feelings make her feel vainglorious or selfish or megalomaniacal or arrogant, etc. But when you do not viscerally of those power differentials and their possible perils.