True humility is completely sanitized of self. It contains neither a smidgen of self or a pinch of pride. Just as crystal clear water is made impure by a single drop of poison, the least little leaven of pride leavens the whole lump of humility.
Untainted humility is a rare find in our day. Most of what passes for it is found to be thinly veneered upon closer examination. For instance, consider what we might call â€œpanhandling humility.â€
This popular practice is performed to manipulate others into singing our praises, while providing us with the perfect alibi to prove our non-participation in their rousing chorus. Hereâ€™s how it works. Someone so eschews himself as to embarrass others into coming to his rescue. For example, they publicly profess themselves to be â€œpond scumâ€ in hopes of making others so uncomfortable that they will come to their defense with a compliment or two. Thus, their self-flagellation is actually their way of panhandling for flattery. The hand that they accusingly point to themselves is immediately thereafter stuck out for some accolades.