A good example of humility and gratitude is demonstrated by the actors and actresses who receive Academy Awards. These celebrities go out of their way to thank all those who made their success possible. The opposite of humility is boastfulness and the opposite of gratitude is arrogance. A good example of boastfulness and arrogance was provided to the recent Republican convention, by the continuous chant of “We built it!”
I would like to look a little deeper into the claim, “we built it,” to demonstrate that this is not accurate. Let’s use Mitt Romney as a starting point. If it is true that Mitt recently gained $24 million in one year, then his income was $100,000 per day for 48 weeks (allowing for a month’s vacation). This comes to about $50,000 before lunch and $50,000 in the afternoon. Let me be clear, I applaud success, but nobody “earns” $100,000 per day by work alone. Nobody! You may “acquire, gain, or accumulate” this amount, but it is only possible because of a well-ordered social and economic system that is being upheld by the citizenry. Mitt’s success would not have been possible if any of the following well-ordered and regulated pillars of our economy were removed: mass communication, electrical grid and energy, educated work force, transportation, banking, financing, and monetary system, law and order, water, sanitation, public works, peace, and others.