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Bird's Eye Comic Strip Story 02: Stay Humble Duck

Description: Duck is boastful as he soars through the air. This attracts the attention of a hunter. The story serves as a reminder for us to stay humble.

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Here are different religious teachings about the moral of this story:


Tao Te Ching Chapter 24:  "He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn't go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can't know who he really is."

Tao Te Ching Chapter 9: "Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt."

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Scientology places a strong emphasis on personal responsibility. This includes taking responsibility for one's actions, words, and attitudes. Boasting, as a form of self-praise, might be seen as inconsistent with the principle of personal responsibility if it involves exaggeration or misrepresentation of one's abilities or accomplishments.

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The term "Jah" to refer to God, and they approach Jah with humility, reverence, and gratitude. Boastfulness and arrogance are seen as contrary to the humility required in one's relationship with the divine.

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Philosophers have noted that envy often arises from social comparison. Philosopher Max Scheler, for example, highlighted how individuals compare themselves to others and become envious when they perceive an inequality. This can relate to issues of justice and fairness.

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“Rabbi Levitas of Yavneh said: Be extremely lowly of spirit, for the end of man is worms.” - (Mishna 4, Babylonian Talmud)

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"And do not turn your face away from others with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, God does not like the one who boasts and is arrogant." 
(Qur'an, Ch 30, V:18)

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Ifa teaches that humility involves recognizing one's own strengths and weaknesses. Self-reflection and self-awareness are important aspects of humility, as they help individuals grow and improve.
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"Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, and ignorance—these qualities belong to those of demonic nature..." BG 16.4-5
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Confucianism emphasizes humility, propriety, and virtue, and it generally discourages arrogance and boastful behavior. Here are a few passages from the Analects that pertain to this:

Analects 14.3: Confucius said, "I do not enlighten anyone who is not earnest, and I do not arouse anyone who is not sad. If I tell him one thing, and he does not proceed to acts, I do not continue."
In this passage, Confucius emphasizes the importance of sincerity and earnestness. Boastful or insincere individuals are not receptive to learning or self-improvement, which goes against the Confucian emphasis on personal development and humility.

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"Can never be enough said about this most valuable virtue.  Your contribution here is valuable" -- Archbishop John Holder

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5 RSV Bible) -- Provided by Kyle Grant


The Discourse on Loving-kindness (Metta Sutta) from the Tipitaka: This important discourse encourages practitioners to cultivate loving-kindness (metta) and specifically mentions humility as part of the practice. It states that one should be humble and not arrogant, wishing for the welfare and happiness of all beings.

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Other religions are invited to join in and send their input.

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