I had the opportunity to attend a theology and philosophy orientation class last Saturday. I had one of the greatest lesson in humility that I never had. I’m glad to share it with you.
I have been postponing, thinking, and rethinking about this class for the last five years. I am still thinking about it. But, last Saturday, I was there eager to learn about this new spiritual journey.
The leader of the class had a good introduction. He shared some basic truths about life issues, and he invited us to reflect on humility and what we think we know.
We were around 30. We learned about the time commitment and the coursework.
Then at the end, the orientation leader asked us to be ready for a simple test. He handed out blank sheets of paper, pens, and told us to be ready for our first test.
“You don’t need to put your name, and this will not count in your point average,” he said asking us to just fold the paper and leave it on his desk when we are done and take a coffee break.
I felt relieved by then. I don’t like to take test and above all in such a condition.
“Are you ready,” he asked us. “Don’t
use google, books, anything, and name in order the 10 commandments “.
“WAOH! What a test”, sighed my closed neighbor.
I sucked. The only thing I did right was to put the number 1 to 10 in a vertical order.
And I name 4 commandments I barely remembered in no specific order. I took my time before I folded my paper and put it on the table shortly after 3 other colleagues.
I made sure I was not the first one to finish.
I left the classroom, rushed to the cafeteria, grabbed a cup of coffee with cream and sugar thinking I ddon’t know what I don’t know, and a lot of things I think I know aren’t so.
I looked at one of my colleagues and I felt as embarrassed as he was in our ignorance.