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Chapter 7: On Humility
The eighth degree of humility
is that a monk do nothing except what is commended
by the common Rule of the monastery
and the example of the elders.
Now, this degree of humility I get right off the bat. Surely it is humbling to limit all of one’s choices, mode of life to that which others have decided about how to live and be?
Yet at the same time what glorious freedom from weighing the options, or wondering how to spend the day or all of those other pressing, petty, or even huge decisions.
All of this is to create the environment in which one can know God. How desirable is that?