Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance–by Michael Patrick Lynch (Reprinted from the Chronicle of Higher Education)



“Overcoming toxic arrogance is not easy, and our present political moment is not making it any easier. But if we want to live in a tolerant society where we are not only open-minded but willing to learn from others, we need to balance humility and conviction. We can start by looking past ourselves — and admitting that we don’t know it all.”                                              

Michael Patrick Lynch

This is a must read article.  It underscores Tom Nichols’ text, “The Death of Expertise.” For me, both authors strike at the very core of our inability to listen to one another.  I’ve thought for years that arrogance may have become one of humanity’s darkest traits.

Back in 2015 I was interviewed by the Civic Business Journal. https://www.civicbusinessjournal.com  The last, and often asked question, pertained to the biggest challenge facing local governance today.  There was no hesitation in my answer: “The biggest challenge facing local governance today is not fiscal. It is changing the notion of self-centered entitlement regardless of position, tenure or venue.”   Arrogance is but a manifestation of this attitude.



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