It is the Achilles’ heel of a robust and rigorous education: pride. This sneaky companion creeps in largely unnoticed at first, but it is always there just out of sight, prompting students to dismiss ideas that are not their own, to gloat over grades that surpass their peers’, and to believe themselves to have nothing left to learn about a topic.
We must be aware of and combat this tendency at every turn. But it is important to note that the antidote, intellectual humility, is not simply thinking of yourself as the least intelligent person in the room. Rather, it is attempting to see clearly who you really are, understanding both your capacity and your limitations.
In this endeavor, it is important to consider to whom we are being compared.