a.k.a. abnegation, self-sacrifice
Virtues possibly in tension¶
How to acquire or strengthen it¶
Notes and links¶
- “…a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. …so free from any bias in his own favour that he can rejoice in his own talents as frankly and gratefully as in his neighbour’s talents—or in a sunrise, an elephant, or a waterfall.” ―C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
- “Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.” —MLK, Jr.
- “In order to be successful in any kind of undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause. In proportion as one loses himself in this way, in the same degree does he get the highest happiness out of his work.” – Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery