JW should put humility high on their list. Therefore I will let them do this test after a small talk:
Humility test - I shall have it ready when JW knocking on my door.
It is not a lack of humility to say "No I don't believe humans have more than one life." It is simply healthy skepticism that requires evidence for extraordinary claims.
Faux humility that claims nothing can be known is self-defeating.
Woo hoo! When it comes to humility, I'm #1!
And my modesty is exceeded only by my great handsomeness!
I don't equate humility with being in indecisive or not having a belief struture. Humility is a quality demonstrated in presentation, not necessarily someone without knowledge. Lowliness of mind does not mean not having a backbone. (Personal Opinion).
""It is not a lack of humility to say "No I don't believe humans have more than one life." It is simply healthy skepticism that requires evidence for extraordinary claims.""
So you mean that a person who believes that we have only one life has an healthy scepticism? What about another person who believes that we have many lifes to live? Both are believers. Thats it.
""Faux humility that claims nothing can be known is self-defeating.""
I agree. This could be question number 4:
Do you believe that nothing can be known?
a) Yes, I believe so.
b) No, I believe not.
c) Maybe, maybe not. I stay open for whatever the truth may be.
The Humility Test reminds me of a Taoist parable, although the point of the story is not to highlight the farmer's humility, but his wisdom.
Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
“Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe,” said the farmer.
Hi Mrfool ..... I see this is your first post .....WELCOME here!
What brought you to this site......are you still active at the hall?
Have you woken up to the false doctrine ......looks like it by
Tell us about yourself
So you mean that a person who believes that we have only one life has an healthy scepticism?
A person who does not believe the extraordinary claim that humans survive death is a healthy skeptic.
What about another person who believes that we have many lifes to live? Both are believers. Thats it.
No only the person who claims there is an afterlife despite a complete absence of evidence is a believer.
There is a great deal that we know for an absolute certainty. Pretending otherwise is not wisdom or humility.
thanks for all the replies
I admit that I have been a believer before. Because of that I really know how it is and how it feels to be a believer, believe me (or not)!
I have experienced how a belief had blinded me. Now I only try to live as humble i can. I must confess that humility for me is an enigma.
A reply from the statement above: "A person who does not believe the extraordinary claim that humans survive death is healthy sceptic"
I understand what you mean. The real question is; does this person believe that we don´t survive death or is he opened for whatever the truth behind it may be? Some people claim they remember past lifes through hypnosis or meditation, others believe they are wrong. We have no proof, we have nothing.
Personally i like the qoute of W. Shakespeare: "A fool think himself to be wise, but a wise man know himself to be a fool"