It made my fancy to fly back to the utter humility and lowliness
of the Word made flesh (His self-emptying) as one of the "cattle class" in a manger where he founded the first "Company of Jesus" made up of sheep and cattle and donkeys, the second paradox.
"But 'tis a common proof, That lowliness
is young ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber upward turns his face; But when he once attains the utmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend" (II.i.21-27).
Merriam-Webster (2004) defines humility as, "The state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness
of mind; a modest estimate of one's own worth; self-abasement." (www.mw.com).
They inspired a rapid rise from League One lowliness
to Premier League mid-table comfort.
For Weil then, as for many others responding to the peculiar crises of the twentieth century, whether in thought, society, or poetics, a central practice--the practice of consenting attention--offers a mode of response that can presume the lowliness
and constraint of the individual in an industrialized and collectivized economy, the worth and dignity of the other and the coordinate imperative to love selflessly, the reality of an unreachable but desirable truth that can penetrate the one who waits for it, an immanent, transcendent Other with whom we might make contact, and the deep value of poetry.
Where the difference of condition is obviously great, nothing is lost, and something may be gained, by familiarity; the condescension is so apparent, that though it properly excites both admiration and gratitude in the indigent, it does not infallibly prove the lowliness
of the superior....
For example, as one scholar, Michael Clarke, puts it, "the Odyssey moves below and beyond the glamour of heroism to a more fundamental level of the human condition, where the hero succeeds only by accepting the inevitability of his lowliness
." Another, Richard Rutherford, has argued that Odysseus undergoes a development in the course of the poem that brings him to a greater awareness of the "shared and common suffering" that is the lot of all mankind.
In A Treasury of English Sonnets (1880), Clare's "The Last of April" is printed on the same page as John Keble's "Spring Flowers." Both poems deal with primroses and violets, but Keble's has a moral message about lowliness
and humility being pleasing in the sight of God: Still humbleness with her low-breathed voice Can steal o'er man's proud heart, and win his choice From earth to heaven, with mightier witchery Than eloquence of wisdom e'er could own.
But why should we not have Low life above stairs as well as High life below stairs ?' (14) Edgeworth here hints at the lowliness
of tea consumption, its association with servants and poor women, as well as the ways in which the categories of low and high were so readily transferable in the houses of the unreformed gentry as well as in Irish society itself.
Colossians 3:12 reads, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness
, meekness, and patience." Indeed the presence of God is described as most evident in those who live the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Gal.
When the captors of these Lebanese refer to them as "guests," it resembles the policy of Syrian intelligence, in inviting those it wants to insult "to a cup of coffee," in order to break their will and insult them, prompting them to admit their lowliness
before their captors.
(86) Pilgram Marpeck, "Concerning the Lowliness
of Christ (1547)," in WPM, p.