Sincere lowliness frees a person from many of the tensions caused by hubris. The most common cause of tension in life is hubris, a sense of self-worth and importance. There should be no mistake: every single person suffers from this problem. It has been the common psychological malady of all individuals (in the Western world) since the time of the Ba’al Shem Tov (18th century and on).
Lowliness does not contradict the feeling of pride that an individual who identifies with the Jewish people may have in the holiness of the nation,1 and is privileged to walk in the path of the Almighty, which He gave to his eldest son, Israel.2 By the same token, the Bible describes the pride that king Yehoshafat had in the ways of G-d: “And his heart was uplifted in the ways of G-d.”3