What is Your Character Flaw?

We live in a generation that is rapidly becoming incapable of self-examination. There is a preponderance of individuals who are completely oblivious of their own shortcomings.

This is evident in the ascendency of blame mentality today.

Whenever misfortune meets the modern person, the blame is always directed at somebody else.

This wouldn’t be the case if we had any sense of our own shortcomings.

Perhaps we are right to cast blames every now and then, but it should not be the norm.

“I don’t think that you have any insight whatsoever into your capacity for good until you have some well-developed insight into your capacity for evil.”

Jordan Peterson

I have stumbled upon multiple posts on social media where people are asked to mention their character flaws; for example, something that affects their relationships. More than 90% of the respondents manage to put themselves in the role of the victim when replying.

Most people will write about how they’re too nice (as if that’s a flaw), and how people often take advantage of their kindness. Instead of self-reflection, all you’d see is an abundance of self-righteousness.

Though most people seem to be sincere, you still can’t help but notice the lack of introspection in their responses. It is this want of introspection that fosters moral decadence today.

The lack of self-reflection only stunts our personal and social development. Why? We can’t improve on a flaw that we refuse to acknowledge.

The situation is further worsened by the prevailing ideology—often incautiously advertised—that you are perfect just as you are.

(“No, you’re not!”—as Jordan Peterson would say).

The truth is we all have character flaws (other than being too nice), and there’s no shortage of self-improvements we can make.

“Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn.”

Jordan Peterson

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