Humility Is Not Hating Yourself: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness We often think of humility as a rather dreary virtue. We know we need it, but we don’t expect it to be much fun. Kind of like going to the dentist. C.S. Lewis argued the opposite: “to even get near [humility], even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.” Tim Keller preached something similar: “There’s nothing more relaxing than humility.” As he explained, pride grumbles at everything, but humility can joyfully receive life as a gift. So perhaps we get it backwards: we think humility is an impossible burden, but in reality it is as light as a feather.