JEREMY TAYLOR makes a strong and vigorous comparison when he likens humility to "a tree whose root, when it sets deepest in the earth, rises higher, and spreads fairer, and stands surer, and lasts longer, and every step of its descent is like a rib of iron. " Was there ever a time when the "rib of iron" was needed more in world affairs and in individual life than in this age of unrest and of changing conditions? In the struggle between capital and labor, between selfish interests and one's duty to one's fellow-men, how seldom humility seems to be thought of as the "rib of iron" which is needed to make the world a unit of power and strength, towering upward and heavenward in lofty ideals! Equally as bold and forceful is the statement made by King Solomon, "By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life,"—three most desirable things from the human standpoint, yet how rarely sought in the pathway of humility! In fact, humility generally has seemed to hold an inferior place in the esteem of the world's great potentates.
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