• Jim Amsing

The Anti-Dote to Racism: Humility


The antidote to racism is humility. Humility has been described as power under control. For C.S. Lewis humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking about yourself less.

Police officers who are authentic, practice humility, and have genuine concern for the welfare of those they serve can look beyond the “blue race” and see others as brothers and sisters on a journey. They are willing to go beyond the call of duty to actively seek solutions for those in distress because their spirituality motivates them to respond with empathy and compassion.

Police departments hire men and women of ethics, and integrity, and then wonder why some of these officers go off the rail and become arrogant, antagonistic, cynical, apathetic, and lose sight of the mission, purpose, and vocation to serve and protect.

The reality is that police officers are trained in mind and body for the job but aren’t trained in the spirit, or soul, for the toxic effects that exposure to evil will have on their psyche. Many officers can’t reconcile why bad things happen to good people. Over time exposure to toxic stress can lead to the straw that breaks the camel’s back. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can lead to an alternate state of perception, and to actions that undercut the public trust.

An active spirituality that reinforces virtues, right-thinking, ethics, morality, and bolsters the willingness of police officers to serve and protect with courage, conviction, and right action will enhance the public trust.

The real war against crime starts in the soul. With reflection, meditation, prayer and an active daily search for wisdom we can win the war internally. With right-thinking comes an inner harmonic congruence, resiliency, and peace of soul. What is true interiorly will reflect in our outer actions.

Humility is the fruit of active spirituality and will never tolerate arrogance based on the color of one’s skin.

For Dr. Karl Albrecht humility is less a matter of self-restraint and more a matter of self-esteem. The greater your sense of self-worth, the easier it is to appreciate others, to praise them, and to encourage them…A well developed sense of humility shines through in your behaviour towards others (8 Jan 2015, www.psychologytoday.com).

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