A Few Good Measures

Colonel Jessup and Humility

Authored by: Peter C. Hill , Elizabeth K. Laney , Keith J. Edwards , David C. Wang , William H. Orme , Annette C. Chan , Frank L. Wang

Handbook of Humility

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138960008
eBook ISBN: 9781315660462
Adobe ISBN: 9781317337164


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“You want answers? You can’t handle the truth!” One of the most famous lines in movie lore was uttered by Colonel Jessup (Jack Nicholson) in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men. Though the movie itself is now dated and the story line as well as the portrayal of Jessup may be forgotten, many who saw the movie may recollect that Jessup was anything but a paragon of humility. Believing that he only was capable of handling the truth, combined with an unwillingness to acknowledge his own limitations as a military leader nor able to admit his preoccupation with status, Jessup’s lack of humility is easily noted by even the most novice observer of human behavior. However, not everyone’s humility, or lack thereof, is so easily discerned.

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