“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond him self.” — Henry Miller
Many people think submission is a one way thing. They believe that when they give orders, it ought to be followed swiftly, without any questions. But when the same thing is required of them, they become cranky and irritated. Their sense of pride had been inflated by people obeying their orders. Consequently, they’re tempted into believing they’re more important than those they gives orders to.
It becomes dangerous when one leads, but doesn’t want to be led by anyone. The followers of such a leader will be at risk of being mistreated, and the leader himself might begin to mismanage his power and resources to his own detriment.
Whenever someone thinks no one should lead him, he gets at anyone who does because his thinking is that he’s too big to be lead. This is the selfish thinking that causes a lot of fight in the society. People think it’s disrespectful for them to be required to submit, but they think they have a right to lead and require submission from others whenever they feel like it.
People with such attitude will hardly get along with others. Their refusal to submit is as a result of their insecurity; they have a poor self-esteem. Contrary to what people generally believe, an act of submission is a show of strength and inner security, not weakness and insecurity.
It’s hard for some people to submit, not because they are strong, but because they are weak and insecure on the inside. It takes a lot of strength to walk away from an argument, not a lot of weakness.
The ones who deign are those with a sense of nobility and inner security and significance. On the other hand, those who keep on fighting are those who totally don’t have any sense of significance, nor do they think they’re noble. Their problem is that they’re trying to get it the wrong way—by fighting.
Those who seek to be significant by pulling others down will never be. In fact, they’re being foolish and immature already. And such folk are usually don’t end up being significant, because they’re going after it the wrong way.
Whenever one chooses to not submit, he’s actually being blind. He can’t see others—he’s selfish. And he’s selfishness have blinded him. Remember, blind people collide against things that they actually don’t want to, however, because they can’t see it, they can’t help it.
That’s the fate of everyone who chooses to be selfish—refusing to submit. They collide and clash against other people because they’ve been blinded by self. If only they allowed space for others, not only would they see self, others would also be seen clearly, and there would hardly be any collision with other people.
To illustrate, when two people engage in a brawl, the reason it’s hard for them to agree with each other is because they’re both blinded by self. That means they can’t see their individual faults, however, the fault of their opponent, they can see clearly.
Now, because this is happening individually to both of them, it becomes hard for either of them to see any reason to submit. But the truth is, they might not see any reason until later because their selfishness have really made them stupid but they don’t know it.
Hence, let’s all choose to submit if we don’t want to keep clashing with one another. Because even the most senior leaders would still have to submit to some form of higher authority. And that means no one is exempted from submission except God.