11/4/18: The Culture of Condescension, and Its Antidote, Humility

11/4/18: The Culture of Condescension, and Its Antidote, Humility

Trump said yesterday that Andrew Gillum wasn’t “equipped” to serve as governor of Florida.  That’s a racist statement made by a racist of course. But it is also an extreme example of the process most people go through to get a job in America.

Plantation America. In order to get a job in America, you have to prove yourself worthy to the unworthy — the rich, who are not concerned with excellence. They are only interested in your utility to them.

The rich concede to me that I am outstanding at what I do. Their problem is that they cannot control me. I have worked very hard and spent a lot of money to develop myself in my work. I’m not going to trash my investments of time and effort, and the money, time, love and effort of friends and family who have helped me along the way, to take whatever would be left of me that has value to serve their cynical, superficial and destructive objectives.

A person can have money and not be rich. A person who considers money a responsibility is not rich. A rich person identifies with the money, and sees his wealth as a talisman of personal superiority. He thinks he is better than you or me. He knows that is not true. So he fearfully keeps you or me down, lest he lose the upper hand.

Power was not always socially identified with wealth. At different times and places it was associated with the Church or with education or with artistic talent or even athletic talent or physical strength.

But America is a one trick pony at the moment. All parties are the green party, if you know what I mean.

Tuesday’s election is really a labor movement. The rich are out of their minds and they are literally killing the rest of us.

No change happens until the pain is just unbearable. Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

Tuesday’s election is about beginning to end the tyranny of the rich which oppresses the body politic. I’m writing about my own body and soul today — and the bodies and souls of my readers

I was born with a gene that sees social status for what it is. Social status is a neutral thing. The Presidency, for example, can be used by a Lincoln or a Trump, freeing slaves or building a white nationalist country club.

It’s not the meat, it’s the motion.

I also was born with a gene that does not see hierarchies. I respect the guy who takes care of the garbage in our building more than Trump. And I think his job is just as important. God does not make a comparative distinction between the disabled young man who tears my ticket at the movie theater and the Pope.

Of course, there is no equality in the gifts and opportunities that God bestows on one person to the next. Craven people use the worth that society puts on what they possess as leverage to control other people. What matters is the moral development of a person. That’s the only thing that is important. The best of us understand that. The rest are distracted by fashion, life as trophy wife.

I was on a business trip in Hawaii in the mid-80s. I was sitting by the pool at the hotel at 6 am. Jimmy Carter walked by after his morning run. He made a point to make eye contact with me, and waved hello. Not an ounce of condescension. Jimmy Carter recognized our mutual equality in a simple gesture of hospitality before most people woke up to the heat of the day.

Eleanor Roosevelt said that no one could make you feel bad about yourself unless you let them. That’s wise, and at 63, I’ve understood that truth and lived it for a long time. How do you embody that truth when you look for a job?

You don’t. The whole process is insulting.

Work — yes. Jobs — no. Meet me eye to eye and see if we can do something together. Don’t look for a fit. See if what I am fits.

A lot of people think I am great. And I met a lot of them on my job search this summer. But I was talking to a lot of other working stiffs, like I was. Some just did what they were doing for the money. Some were scared, worshipping the false god Paycheck. Some didn’t see the dehumanization of the process of getting and doing jobs. They lived for the praise of their masters. All were challenged when they met me. I was closer to freedom than they are. I was trying to live a life of meaning and dignity. I saw through most of the exile of the job, success, status system — the pursuit of unhappiness.

Working, not slaving, not betraying myself by cooperating with that which is demeaning, false and mediocre.

I had a job search strategy this summer. I was looking for a position as a teacher. Search and ye shall find the truth about yourself and reality — but not jobs.

If we didn’t live in the culture of condescension, schools would be looking for me. They would be lucky to have me. The problem is in the phrase “working for” someone. We all have our missions and we shouldn’t be obstructed from doing them.

In the movie, “Hoosiers,” a dying high school principal in a tiny Indiana town hires Gene Hackman’s character as a basketball coach. The principal does it to serve the students, the coach, the town and himself. That’s work on all sides. As good as Jimmy Carter. All sides honored each other. The principal used the hire to prepare for death. He left a legacy that wasn’t mentioned in an obituary. He released positive forces into the world. The students learned how to learn, how to excel, how to be friends, how a team is made up of different talent levels, but each person makes an essential contribution. The people in the town became a community instead of a tribe of bigoted hicks. The coach was redeemed from prideful ambition and rediscovered his calling as a teacher.

Work on all sides.

But outside of the movie theater, mediocrities have to own people in order to get richer. Greed and the fear of not meeting the necessities of survival constipate and suffocate life. They leave the real thing to the screenwriters. The job market is escapist entertainment. There has to be another way.

There is another way.

I am not rich or wealthy. I like food, clothing and shelter as much as the next fellow. I’m too young to be a martyr. Right livelihood serves three purposes: it honors a person’s innate nature which is endowed to him by God and is not a choice; it serves the needs of other people — vocation is found where the heart’s desire meets the world’s need; and it pays the bills. I shouldn’t have to burn through my savings and unemployment insurance money in condescension’s waiting room.

I can’t go searching for the principal in “Hoosiers.” That’s a waste of time and effort. I keep working without pay — I’m missing the Bears’ game to do this writing right now. Looking is not searching. Looking is an act of prayer and faith in God’s abundance. I know that I am primed for right livelihood. I’m hitting on two of three cylinders. The money part is the gear that is sticking at the moment. This too will pass. What I do is important and useful. Every person that I encounter near and far is being checked out as a potential partner.

I know that there are a lot of good people out there. A good person doesn’t ask for a bowed head or a hat in your hand.

The answer is not entrepreneurship. I don’t want to sell, market and kiss ass in order to do what I do. I owe my work honesty, competency and effort. I have always given that. The people who pay me should also honor me.

We can live without mutual exploitation.

I am a human being and not a tool.

I want something normal, that in the current environment, and in the past limitations of my consciousness, looks special. I know that I am on the doorstep of freedom, and what I feel is not optimism. The world of awkwardly navigating the selfishness and stupidity of those usurpers of real work, bosses, and their minions of the corporate culture is over.

I don’t care if workers control the means of production. I am interested in work where workers honor the process of creation. Mankind has the potential for tremendous beauty, and the realization of that potential is closer than you think, or than I thought it was yesterday.

My misbegotten job search strategy last summer was to compose a letter with an attached CV, connect to as many people on LinkedIn in my field that could potentially have interest in what I do, ask for a meeting and find a fit.

My mistake was searching. I’m not asking for anything anymore. I shouldn’t have to. Opportunity will have to find me. I haven’t stopped working. I’m just not being paid. Some good person should step up and do that, for themselves, for me, and for the world. I’m holding up my end. They have to do their job.

The people who condescend are useless.

I’ll share that letter and CV that I sent out here. There were minor variations that I made that adapted to specific individuals and schools, but this is what I said.

Dean xxxx:

I reached out to xxxx and he suggested that I contact you.

How are you? My name is Rick Thomas. I recently left my position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Business to explore deeper professional and creative opportunities in higher education. I appreciated the opportunity to develop my work at UIC for five years, but my work has now outgrown my recent position. The program that I was in developed in a direction that did not serve my values. 

I am writing to express interest in teaching at your school, and request to meet with you to discuss potential opportunities. I am qualified to teach professional responsibility, applied ethics, professional presence, and communications. 

I have taught “Finding Your Teacher’s Voice” workshops to teachers working in many colleges at UIC, and doctoral candidates pursuing careers in teaching at UIC. The writing sample included in the link below gives some insight into my pedagogical approach. I also invite you to look at these brief essays which describe my approach and background in teaching. I was an arts educator teaching improvisational acting for many years. I’m an alumnus of the main stage at Second City Chicago and was trained in the arts, and teaching the arts by that theater’s founders: Paul Sills, David Shepherd, Jo Forsberg, Bernard Sahlins and Del Close. They instructed me in the art of improvisation and the teaching of that art. Note that I approach improvisation as an art and pedagogical approach, and I am not in the tradition which uses it merely to develop material in sketch comedy. I am also open to other courses that you see as a fit. I have taught in a variety of schools and departments. Links describing teaching values and experience:https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/the-love-triangle-art-education-and-life/ https://tlc.uic.edu/2015/12/02/teacher-as-artist/ https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/the-virtue-of-exasperated-teaching/ I am certified in excellence in online teaching by Washington State University. I am certified in trial advocacy skills by the Natl Inst of Trial Advocacy. I was recognized as a master improviser by Paul Sills, founder of Second City Theater. I was a litigation counsel for the Atty Reg & Disciplinary Commission (Loyola Law Alumnus). I was recognized as a Master Teaching Scholar by the UIC Provost. I combine my teaching, critical thinking, advocacy & creativity experience and skills in my pedagogy. I teach experientially, drawing on my diverse experience myself & facilitating experiences for my students from which they can learn. I create challenging assignments for my students — requiring them to THINK and apply what they learn. I coach them toward intellectual and professional excellence. My writing is driven by my values combining the use of reason and attention to detail that I learned as a lawyer, and the creativity and authenticity that I experienced as an improviser.  As I left UIC in order to pursue opportunities in which I could further develop my teaching, and further serve my values which transformed and evolved during my time there. 

As I previously mentioned, I am grateful for the opportunity that UIC gave me for growth, but now I have outgrown the creative and professional opportunities available to me in my former position. The time came to move on and I look forward to an even deeper engagement in my work in new positions. i am looking for new opportunities in higher ed and with other organizations where I can serve and grow. My CV is attached. Introductory information and writing sample on link below.

Thank you for your attention. Rick Thomas 


Curriculum Vitae

Richard S. Thomas: 1000 E. 53rd St. Unit 405 • Chicago, IL 60615 (312) 285-5415  richardsteventhomas@gmail.com


  • Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Business School (UICBusiness) 2013-2018
  • Lawyer. Practiced primarily in the field of ethics and professional responsibility 2006-Present
  • Alumnus of the resident company of Chicago’s Second City Theater
  • Professional presence & development & ethics professor.
  • B.A. in Communication Arts from Notre Dame; J.D. from Loyola Law School (Chicago)
  • BAR ADMISSIONS: Illinois State Bar, Member, 2006 • Northern District of Illinois Bar, Member, 2006
  • CERTIFICATE: Washington State University Global Campus, Excellence in Online Teaching, 2017
  • CERTIFICATE: National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice Skills, 2011

EDUCATION Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois Juris Doctor; Taught “Street Law” at Wells High School in Chicago

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana Bachelor of Arts, 1977, American Studies &Communication Arts ; Dean’s List; Resident Assistant, Keenan Hall • Co-founder & emcee original Keenan Hall Revue, http://issuu.com/theobserver/docs/finished_template_20_pages__2-25-13_/1   

INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, PRESENCE AND DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/update-richard-thomas-college-professor-lawyer-actor-and-writer-offering-professional-presence-and-development-teaching-for-long-term-career-positions-and-shorter-engagements/  

ACADEMIC AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration, Chicago, Illinois, August 2013-2018. Courses: • Managerial Communications Professional Presence I, II, III  • Business Ethics • Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility • Assessment of College-wide Student Writing and Oral Presentation Skills • Creating and Presenting Improvisational Workshops re: networking, team-building and presentation skills at Liautaud Graduate School of Business Orientation & Transfer and Honors Students Boot Camps and Intensives • Coaching Intra- and Inter-Collegiate Case Presentation Teams • Presenting Improvisational Workshops and Publicly Speaking for incoming students for the College’s recruiting and admissions initiatives • Speaking to student organizations re: Professional Development topics  • Working on team curriculum development projects for Professional Development initiatives; Led intensive seminar re: public speaking, teaching and presenting for UIC Business staff

GRADUATE ADVISING — DISSERTATIONS Dissertation Committee Member, Sean Clayton, PRINCIPAL EVALUATION: A QUANITATIVE STUDY ON THE ALIGNMENT OF THE ISLLC STANDARDS, Educational Leadership, Chicago State University, 2016-2017

Presentation: SPEED CASE: An Introduction to Creating Case Analyses like a Lawyer and Presenting them like an Actor, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business May 8-10, 2016. Indianapolis, Indiana

Master Teaching Scholar (MTS), University of Illinois at Chicago, The Learning Center of the Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs September 2015 –  August 2016

Spring 2016 Formal Advancement of Teaching Events — FINDING AND EXPLORING YOUR TEACHER VOICE Teaching Skills Workshop for UIC Faculty Campus-wide Teacher as Artist (Related TLC Blog Post): http://tlc.uic.edu/posts/

Guest Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law, Department of Experiential Learning, Chicago, Illinois, October 21, 2014 “Professional Presentation Skills: In and Out of the Courtroom, Classroom or Boardroom”

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, Lewis University, Romeoville and Oak Brook, Illinois, January 2012-August 2013. • Legal Research and Writing • Interviewing and Investigating • Rights, Civil-Liability and Administrative Actions • Ethics and Professional Responsibility • Torts and Personal Injury Law

Judge, American Bar Association Law Student Division Appellate Advocacy Competition– Quarterfinals, Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 2013

Guest Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law Career Services Office, Basic Communication Skills for Attorneys, Chicago, Illinois, March 12, 2013

Visiting Faculty, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, March 1, 2013 Professionalism Program, Communication skills needed by attorneys.

Master Teacher CLE, 2012 -2013: Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois; Arkansas State Bar Association; Forensic Expert Witness Association, Chicago Chapter, Communication Skills for the Expert Witness, Chicago, Illinois; National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Midwest Affiliates (“NAPABA”); Goldberg Weissman Cairo, Chicago, Illinois, Improvisation for Lawyers, Basic Communication Skills for Trial Practitioners

Adjunct Faculty, Trial Practice Intensives, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2013 • Trial communication skills instructor

Master Series and Faculty Development Teacher, Illinois State Bar Association), Improvisation for Lawyers CLEs, Chicago, Illinois, 2012: Basic Communication Skills for Attorneys; Ethics & Professionalism; Basic Communication Skills for Trial Practitioners; Teaching, Public Speaking & Presenting Skills

LEGAL PRACTICE & OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Chicago, Illinois Litigation Counsel, 2008-2011 • Argued, litigated and presented disciplinary hearing matters before panels of the ARDC’s Hearing Board • Presented proposed disciplinary complaints to panels of the ARDC Inquiry Board • Advised ARDC Administrator on sanction recommendations in disciplinary matters • Wrote motions considered and allowed by Illinois Supreme Court • Managed and conducted investigations of disciplinary complaints • Counseled attorneys re: compliance with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct on the ARDC Ethics Inquiry Hotline • Wrote informational articles for the ARDC website • Prepared CLE accredited seminar “Tips on Public Speaking” • Publicly spoke about ARDC policies and procedures at a seminar conducted by the U.S. Marshalls Service at the Dirksen Federal Building

Meckler, Bulger & Tilson, LLC, Chicago, Illinois Associate, 2006-2008, Clerk, 2005-2006 • Acted as liaison to various stakeholders to facilitate development of amicus briefs for client association • Wrote and researched memos on various topics for example: the culture of the state of Connecticut (to advise on jury selection) • Drafted pleadings  • Re-wrote portions of a practice guide relating to attorney/client and work product privileges • Participated in group which considered innovative ways of using demonstrative evidence in complex litigation

Illinois Attorney General’s Office Gang Crime Prevention Center, Chicago, Illinois Director of Marketing; Legislation and Special Assignments, 2001-2003 • Wrote advisory memos for various stakeholders, for example: whether or not smaller municipalities should adopt legislation similar to Chicago’s (2002) Gang Crime Loitering Ordinance • Wrote Hearing Voices an examination of international approaches to encouraging nonviolence • Produced Cable Access television talk show about the Center’s activities in Rockford, Illinois • Marketed and performed outreach for statewide conference on gang crime prevention to various stakeholders including law enforcement personnel, judges, attorneys, community leaders, clergy, educators and citizens

Vocational Economics Inc., New York City, New York and Louisville, Kentucky Attorney Liaison, 1999-2000 • Devised marketing strategy for and marketed expert witness services of vocational rehab professionals and economists to personal injury and employment discrimination attorneys relating to lost earning capacity issues • Greatly expanded firm’s New York and Chicago operations; introduced firm to thousands of attorneys


Voice Lessons: Reflections on the Art of Being Professional and Authentic, Copyright 2016 Richard Thomas  https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/voice-lessons-reflections-on-the-art-of-being-professional-and-authentic/ 

Copyrighted Abstract for Assoc. to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Conference in Indianapolis, IN May 10, 2016 https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/copyrighted-abstract-for-assoc-toadvance-collegiate-schools-of-business-conference-in-indianapolis-in-may-10-2016/  

The Illinois State Bar Association will be publishing my article Presentation Planning—What We Can Learn from the Theater in Fall 2016. https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/cpe-article-presentation-planning-whatwe-can-learn-from-the-theater-2/

Course book: ISBA’s Law Ed Faculty Development Series: The Art of Effective Communication INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION FOR LAWYERS: Basic Communication Skills for Public Speaking Teaching and Presenting, Illinois State Bar Association, September 20, 2012 (copy available on request) https://www.box.com/s/ur4yu04d0g4nfjsxhhi6  

Course book: INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION FOR LAWYERS: Session One: Basic Communication Skills for Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, September 21, 2012 (copy available on request) https://www.box.com/s/sk7891mh0njbvqf2lstc  (see session one)

Course book: INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION FOR LAWYERS: Session Two: Basic Communication Skills Needed to Effectively Comply with the Illinois Rules of Professional 12 Conduct, Illinois State Bar Association, September 21, 2012 https://www.box.com/s/sk7891mh0njbvqf2lstc  (see session two) • Focuses specifically on Rule 1.4 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct

Course book: INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION FOR LAWYERS: Session Three: Basic Communication Skills for Trial Practitioners, Illinois State Bar Association, September 21, 2012 https://www.box.com/s/sk7891mh0njbvqf2lstc  (see session three)

Newspaper column: Today’s legal job market requires imagination, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 8, 2011 https://www.box.com/s/1c1u6k2c74czjl908agj  • Discussion of creative career development strategies in a changing market

National Organization of Bar Counsel, Reporter for Midwest Region, 2009 • Wrote disciplinary case summaries for nine states that are published on the NOBC website • Wrote Case of the Month analyses for NOBC website including: • September 2008: Improper Litigation Management and Improper Oversight of an Inexperienced Subordinate Attorney Warrant Discipline http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/September_2008.aspx  • October 2008: Flat fees should initially be deposited into a trust account but must be transferred to an operating account as soon as fees are earned with reasonable promptness http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/October_2008.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) • November 2008: Disbarment is an appropriate sanction when a lawyer fails to conform his behavior to his large law firm’s culture of ethical practice, notwithstanding attention deficit disorder, sleep apnea and severe personality problems http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/November_2008.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) • December 2008: Advertising describing attorneys as “Super Lawyers,” “Best Lawyers in America,” or similar comparative titles may be protected commercial speech http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/December_2008.aspx  • January 2009: The constitution and immigration laws do not entitle an alien in removal proceedings to relief for a lawyer’s mistakes, but the Department of Justice may as “a matter of administrative grace” reopen removal proceedings where an alien shows he was prejudiced by the actions of private counsel http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/January_2009.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) • February 2009: The goal of the lawyer disciplinary process is to protect the public and it is not the duty of a licensing Court to engage in psychological analysis as to why a lawyer has engaged in acts of neglect, but rather to remove that lawyer from practice where warranted http://www.nobc.org/casofthemonth/February_2009.aspx 13   • March 2009: A public defender’s office may not necessarily be considered a “law firm” in determining whether client confidences should be imputed to all public defenders serving in that office http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/March_2009.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) • April 2009: A federal prosecutor’s personal animosity leading to a collateral investigation of an opposing defense team warrants sanction http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/April_2009.aspx  • May 2009: A lawyer may be subject to reciprocal discipline in a jurisdiction where that lawyer is not licensed http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/May2009.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) • June 2009: The Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Judges must once again follow Lozada guidelines when reviewing motions to reopen removal proceedings based on claims of ineffective assistance of counsel http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/june_2009.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) • July 2009: A Judicial Regulator’s Inappropriate Tactics in Dealing with a Judge who may have engaged in Judicial Misconduct may not Necessarily Rise to the Level of a Due Process Violation http://www.nobc.org/caseofthemonth/july_2009.aspx  (with James J. Grogan) ARDC website reporter, 2009 including the following articles (no longer on website): • Important News Re: FDIC Coverage of IOLTA and Low Interest Client Trust NOW Accounts in 2009 • Recent Developments: Dowling

THEATER ARTS EXPERIENCE Second City Theater, Performing Arts, and Non-Professional Teaching, Directing and Writing Experience, 1981-present, New York City, New York and Chicago, Illinois • Present Writer/Performer The Rick Blog Live on Stage, Second City Chicago

Taught improvisational acting classes at Second City, the Victory Gardens Theater and independently • Member of Second City Chicago’s resident acting company; well-reviewed by many publications’ critics including Frank Rich of The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/02/arts/revuew-second-city-comes-to-first-city.html  and John Simon of New York Magazine; received Obie and Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for ensemble acting; performed in Second City’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Show; co-wrote and performed in Second City Revues: Exit Pursued by a Bear, Glenna Loved It!, and Orwell that Ends Well; directed Second City’s National Touring Company developing young talent including Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris • Film acting work for Mike Nichols http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e28Y80Er8HQ  and Woody Allen • Free-lance writer for Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street • Performance Artist and Comedian at Second City ETC Theater, New York’s Improv Comedy Club and West Bank Café; wrote and performed one man shows The Rick Show and Good Times praised by Second City Founder Paul Sills and West Bank Café’ Founder Lewis Black • Led improvisational acting workshops and performed for the Young Presidents Organization and an audience that included former President Jimmy Carter.

There. That’s it. I think it is pretty impressive.

Humility — the opposite of condescension — is the most important virtue. Humility has these attributes:

-It makes no demands or stipulations. When I was doing a one-man show, The Rick Show at Second City in the 1980s, my pal Rob Bronstein was the stage manager. Rob asked me the first night, “How do you want me to play it?” I told him, “Do what you think works. Go nuts.” Rob told me recently that he really appreciated what I said. Rob did inspired work and was a big part of the show from day one. I was humble that night.

-It becomes second nature as it develops. Condescending people are stunted. They have a swagger that is wholly reliant on their position, their title. Humble people can’t be passed by. Humble people give and get respect and love. Condescending people live a life of bad performance art — a million Wizards of Oz still behind the curtain.

-The humble get insulted when they are abused or their merits are concealed. They want to work, and they want their work to be recognized as important — not because of ego, but out of reverence for that work. The humble are not looking for soft landings where they can hide and relax. The humble take responsibility for what they do, and won’t compromise their values in order to indulge personal weakness or someone else’s greed.

-The humble tell the truth in the face of slights. They consider the source, and then make clear to that source that the source is wrong. The source either relents and changes or doesn’t. If they don’t, the humble walk away. We owe the world the truth.

-Finally, the humble take responsibility. They don’t blame other people. They figure out how to transcend the culture of condescension. They don’t get trapped in bitter resentment of the nature of things. They resolve to be something better.

No, I am not searching. I am looking about with sharp eyes for principals from “Hoosiers.”


Rick Thomas, Writer and Teacher

Copyright 2018 Richard Thomas








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