“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
These words by one of the greatest writers in history couldn’t be truer. To be someone is one thing. To be a better version of yourself is another. One could boast of popularity and could take pride in himself – a false sense of pride – which does him/her no good at all. Yes, competition is present everywhere in the world. Be it a race in athletics, competition between companies or be it between countries striving for maximum development. In the end it always boils down to one battle: YOU and YOUR CONSCIENCE. To do good at one point in time but to work harder the next time and do better and better and better. To be a man of progress – a man who not only works hard but works smart and that too continuously – is to be a noble man.
Rudyard Kipling in his poem If said:
‘If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of all pitch and toss.
And lose and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtues,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch.
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you
If all men count with you but none too much;
If you can fill in the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!’
He could not have said it any better. For he (any person in general) is a Man who uses his time wisely and remains himself whether he be with kings or crowds. He is the man who may lose but will not lose his nerve and his heart and will start again and will succeed. So, nobility has nothing to do with royalty. Neither does it have anything to do with being better than others, nor does it mean reaching one’s zenith and falling. No.
Fellow reader, nobility is being yourself at all times. Nobility is the ability to realise one’s mistakes and fixing them. Nobility is the power of the mind and the heart with neither being an absolute monarch over the other. Nobility is upholding the values that you were taught; not just any but the right values. And finally what Nobility really is: Having character…Your own character.