Hello from the center of a HEAT WAVE. If this is anything like hell, we need to be spreading the word. There’s a good chance we could convert most of Canada and the midwest right about now!
A comment by Reblyner on my weblog made my brain work. She asked why it is that we capitalize the word “I” but not the word “me”. Which made my thoughts wander back in time to a former boyfriend who NEVER used caps, and certainly not when referring to himself. It all had the appearance of commendable humility, but he was in fact one of the most ego-centric, self-absorbed people I’ve known. (Musicians and artists seem particularly fond of “faking it”. The whole “aw shucks” approach to being full of themselves usually has me reaching for antacids…)
So here’s the question of the day. What is TRUE humility? Using lower case letters to refer to yourself is only a cosmetic adjustment. Does a person have to be completely devoid of talent to be really humble? Can a person who has great personal strength and intelligence be humble? Who are the humble people you know, and why do you consider them so? The common misconception seems to be that only someone who consistantly talks poorly of himself/herself is truly modest, and someone who recognized his/her strengths is automatically proud. But aren’t you supposed to be pleased with your achievements? God certainly is pleased with them! Any input??
As for the grammar issue of capitalizing “I” and not “me”….this former English teacher has no clue as to why that is! How’s that for humility??!
Oh, and Squirt and Ahram? If you’re going to monopolize this page, at least stay on topic! Or I’ll whoop your butts when I get back to Deutschland! You’re scaring people away, for Pete’s sake!
Alright…I’m off to stand in front of my fan in my undies for a while (Just joking! I wouldn’t do that to a harmless fan.)