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#1A HUMBLY UNSURE

When it comes to knowing what’s right, what’s best, what is the true nature of things, or having answers to life’s important questions, I feel inadequate. While others most assuredly promote their beliefs with black and white certainty, I am silent and see shades of gray. I can’t forget the complexity of the world or the smallness / ignorance of any one person. I’m not sure enough of anything to lay it on everyone else. I trust not in high principles, but in small experiences. (Note: This person enters arguments hesitantly, but after presenting facts and noting uncertainties, may confidently seek the truth and express an opinion.)

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #2B I Know What's Best For You  to make Choice #3    in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010: Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach" 
Worldview Watch issue #52:The Circle:  Perfectibility Through Participatory Social Interaction 

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Uncertainty   Humility Moderate
Cognitive Dissonance Doubt  human nature
Deference Shyness Pride (the "refusal to be humiliated")

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1B Skeptic #2A   The True Believer #4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #9A   Religious Fundamentalism 
#9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God  #15   The Group Think Imperative #17A  Bitterness & Vengeance   
#20A   Elitism  #22B Imperialism   #25  Evil is Out There #26B  More is Better Mentality / Abundance
#29B Taking Charge==>Violence #35B Working for Change   #36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies
#37A   Proud Identification & Tribalism   #39B Blaming / Scapegoating #43   Seeking Wealth & Power   #46B Military Backers
#103A Individual Glory      

More to Explore --Worldview Theme #1A: Humbly Unsure 

"How Much Space Do You Take?" by Alan Morinis  
"Cherish Your Doubts" by Robert T. Weston (from Hymns for the Celebration of Life, Beacon Press) 
The Buddhist Perception of Humility
Humility    (various articles on humility from Jewish perspective)
The Shofar and Humility (Jewish traditional)
Humility in Judaism by Rabbi Louis Jacobs (classic article from My Jewish Learning website) 
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010: Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach" 
Worldview Watch issue #52:The Circle:  Perfectibility Through Participatory Social Interaction 
The Plant Needs Watering, by P. Hewett (UU perspective: connects humility with reverence)
Gary Zukav (author, The Seat of the Soul)  (includes an excerpt on "Humility')
Be a Humble Seeker
"I'm glad I'm a Nobody: a positive psychology of humility", by Paul Wong
Humility -- Islamic Perspective
Humility -- from the Catholic Encyclopedia
The Principle of Humility (humanistic perspective from the Church of Reality)
The Power of Humility, by C. Whitfield, B. Whitfield, R. Park, and J. Prevett (more about this 2006 book)
On Leadership Communication: Humility (a business perspective) 
"David Brooks’s Journey Toward Faith" By Peter Wehner  (his path between doubt and belief , The Atlantic May 7 2019)
“Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong” By Brian Resnick (Jan 4 2019 article on Vox)

"Nature Demands Respect—On Hurricanes, Awe, and Humility"  by Anthony Makar (in UU World Dec 2017)

"Be Humble and Stop Seeking Glory in Your Work" By Patrick Allan (on Lifehacker blog  Aug 30 2017)
“Humility” by Barnaby Marsh (Essay 2017 contribution to Edge.org)
“Career Coach: Take a page from the pope. Be humble. by Joyce Russell (article from The Washington Post Oct 1 2015)
"If I were 22: The Wisdom of Uncertainty" by Deepak Chopra  (posted on his blog July 2014) 
"David Brooks to Teach Humility at Yale" (report from The Huffington Post December 19 2012)
"In My Humble Opinion" by David Brooks (June 2 2011 edition of blog from NY Times columnist)
"The Case for Modesty in An Age of Arrogance" by Nancy Gibbs (2009 Time article)
"Her Agony," by David Van Biema (2007 Time article about Mother Teresa and the value of doubt)
Live UnnoticedOn the Vicissitudes of an Epicurean doctrine by Geert Roskam  (more on this 2007 book from Google Books)
"When Humility Sings," by Daryl & Shiryl Busby (International Network on Personal Meaning)
Embracing Uncertainty by Susan Jeffers (excerpt from and link to review of this 2003 book)
"Imperfect People," by Darrell Anderson
"Human Imperfection," by Ellen Layug
quotes related to humility
quotations and passages on humility (Christian perspective)
quotes related to doubt and uncertainty
more quotes related to humility, arrogance, and doubt

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