…and it’s called narcissism.
GREAT piece from Newsweek on the Culture of Me that has developed in our proud country. Interesting that it comes on the heels (heels! get it?!) of the Miss USA and Nuestra Belleza Latina pageants.
And I’ve mentioned the the post by Amy about the inherent narcissism of blogging. A recent lively discussion on blogging therapy by my bloggy friend Ink reveals that this manic cyber-underworld we inhabit is rife with manias aplenty. (I know! I know! I’m linking too much! Someone…stop…meeeeee…)
So what’s the deal?
First- Evenshine will never be at risk for narcissistic personality disorder. I’m a Calvinist. You just can’t be narcissistic and be Calvinist. Possibly the same applies to you Catholics out there- both traditions are highly aware of our own needfulness, of our own forgiven-ness. We’re NOT all that, but we know Someone who is. I do, however, struggle with the need to feel appreciated and valued. Maybe that’s why I teach. And blog?
Secondly- the question perambulating around in this insidiously philosophical mind of mine is: could the a-theist leanings of most people (even those who wouldn’t label themselves as such) have anything to do with the wave of nausea- I mean, narcissism- that buffets our society? If there is, really, no God, or no Hell, at least- then why NOT be totally self-involved? It’s how you get ahead, after all…right?
Talk amongst yourselves. I’m going shopping for an “I love ME” shirt.