The Noblest Aim

‘True nobility is not about being better than anybody else. It is about being better than you used to be.’ ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Today, I was reminiscing on a conversation that I had with a relative a number of years ago, during which she was trying to cajole me into watching the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Being what she described enthusiastically as an unmissable event for the ages, I found myself not sharing the sentiment behind her assessment of the event, despite being very happy for this young couple, who were undertaking the next stage of their journey together. Not placing the members of the monarchy on a pedestal as she did, I didn’t have the urge to stop my life for this occasion. Seeing the pomp and ceremonial show for what it truly was, I thought my time would be better spent reading a book that expanded my mind and nourished my soul.

For me, nobility is what we demonstrate when we courageously commit to a worthwhile purpose, and open ourselves to participate in the process of our individual and collective evolution. Led by the spirit to integrate our daily movements with our essential nature, our primary concern is restoring the balance that has been lost since we gave our power away to the ego. By healing the divide between who we were created to be and how we see ourselves and each other, we will collectively come to learn that no hierarchy is legitimate to the extent that it attempts to delineate the worth of people. Having the understanding that nothing separates one person from another in spiritual terms, the cracks in the ego’s characterisation of nobility start to reveal themselves.

To the ego, nobility is centred in titles, their trimmings, and having exclusive access to the material things that it values. Extremely conscious of status and reputation, it labels as noble, the royalty and celebrities of the world, who have the worldly means to exert power and influence over a ‘lesser’ group of people. Invested in the pursuit of hierarchical ‘success’ that has us fixate our attention on the Prince Williams and Kate Middletons who we idolise, the ego pushes us to forever look skyward and exhaust ourselves to move further up its pyramid of life. Promising happiness and fulfilment as the reward for striving to reach the peak, it does not deliver these precious jewels, but only the stress and dissatisfaction that inevitably come when we make our life about who we are better than, and having more to be more in the eyes of others.

True nobility is not concerned with any of these externally oriented ambitions and distractions. Focused instead on cultivating a higher quality of life for all, the highest qualities of the human spirit are given the freedom to grow and synergise with other agents of our collective flourishing. Evolving in union to create an egalitarian world where people are honoured for the essence of who they are, class distinctions would dissolve, and the sense of separation that fuels competition and unjust behaviour would be supplanted by genuine solidarity and collaborative engagement.

In what ways are you now better than you used to be, and how can you prosper the world by the authentic expression of your spiritual nature, irrespective of how others in the world might perceive your contribution? These questions I ask myself when I am tempted by the fruits of worldly power that are so frequently on display. Shifting my attention to the spiritual aspect of my being, I know that the noblest contribution that I can make, will come from that place.

Each and every one of us is born royalty. Thus, we don’t need a coronation, as we have already been given life and our fullness to grow into. Having the opportunity to partake in this evolutionary process, there is nothing more attractive to those spirited souls who are intent on actualising themselves and liberating the world with the love and wisdom that they unearth in fulfilling the noble aim that is their calling.


2 thoughts on “The Noblest Aim

  1. joe lee says:

    Indeed true nobility is about content of character rather than reputation. It’s the sacred invisible apophatic of the being than the “look at me” cataphatic title of the person. Like you Christian, I do not believe in placing on the pedestal any fellow human being whose achievements or nobility is as a result of birth. Yet, that’s not to say that a royal by bloodline who does good, I wouldn’t give a bouquet or be inspired. No, indeed for I surely would.

    Referring to the Book of Life where a rich man donates visibly and heaps in front of others and gets praised for his generosity, and in the process his reputation and standing in that society enhanced. But another who is almost invisible, poor and an old lady who donates a few pennies, and that’s all that she has. The former gave from his spares (“no skin of his nose” is the saying), while the latter gave all she has! What then is nobility or noble action?

    If we do the right thing only because of reward or punishment, then we’re a sorry lot, is a wisdom from Einstein. Yes, nobility it is when deeds are done driven by one’s inner light rather than the inner ego that seeks to bolster reputation.

    Thanks for this opportunity to comment my dear friend.


    • Great insight here Joe and thanks for the comment! Indeed, nobility is reflected in the purity of our intention to manifest the qualities of the spirit regardless of what might or might not be coming to us as a consequence of action. That distinction between character and reputation is a critical one as well. The former is an inner congruence that is expressed outwards, the latter has little inner substance, but more relates to the perception that others may have of an individual’s integrity/virtue, which may or may not be true in reality. And yes, Einstein was a beauty. We remember him for his science, but his spiritual substance and wisdom were just as profound.


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