This is one of the most awesome pieces of advice.
(Side note: My cousin Moshe said that awesome is to be used when something is only of partial awe (awe-some). And when something is full of awe? Aweful.)
Anyway, there are two main reasons I can think of that it’s very, very bad to think you’re better than others:
- It is dangerous!
- You can’t actually know and it’s very possibly not true.
Dangerous? Yeah, when you think you’re better, you very possibly will let yourself slip. Everything might be OK until a serious, terrible challenge comes your way. Then you may be sloppy about your morals. You also might not continue to work on becoming an even better person if you think you’re the most rockingly moral person around.
And the other point, that you don’t really know, is so true! We have all been through our own stuff in life that has brought us to this moment. If, for example, I am so grateful that I grew up in such a strongly moral home, then that doesn’t give me something to be proud of personally but it only means that the expectations of me will be higher than that of someone who built themselves up from a much more difficult background.
Each person is judged individually, not against each other. For one, not stealing is a great accomplishment. For another, it’s nothing to write home about.
Also, by the way, it’s just stuck up to look down on people!
OK, that’s all I have to say about that. How’s the logic? I’m not so sure about it anymore. It made more sense to me until I wrote it down, at least the first point. Please share your thoughts.