As Reinhold Niebuhr in his Moral Man and Immoral Society pointed out, individuals are capable of transcending their self-centeredness
and may repent of sin, but generally this is not the case with societies:
It puts us in touch with the prophet Jesus who, fasting in the desert, gave up power, wealth, comfort, and self-centeredness
, and teaches us to do the same.
I knew well from all my middle-class white mentors that sin had everything to do with pride, hubris, self-centeredness
The secession movement is born not of self-centeredness
, but out of fear that our values are threatened by the same danger currently faced by the real Hansen Dam lakes - that of being bulldozed over by downtown policy makers.
To be sure, this self-centeredness
is quite different from egotistical selfishness, but not unrelated.
The infatuation associated with it is nothing but the boundless desire of self-centeredness
to express itself at all costs.
The plot has to do with authentic love, but that love is soon contaminated by the male protagonist's self-centeredness
and blind adherence to a very traditional double standard with regard to sexual behavior.
Illustrating how opposites function, he explained that "by way of humility, our self-centeredness
College students who admitted to cheating in high school or turned in plagiarized papers ranked high on personality tests of the so-called Dark Triad: psychopathy, Machiavellianism (cynicism amorality, manipulativeness), and narcissism (arrogance and self-centeredness
, with a strong sense of entitlement).
Ultimately, in facing life's mysteries (suffering, injustice, mortality, God's personality, and "why being rather than nonbeing"), man's search from below must be met by divine condescension; his self-centeredness
must be crucified as he, like Mary, remains open not to a faceless divinity, but to Love.
Most failings are a variation of garden-variety self-centeredness
All religious traditions understand the need to prepare for a major spiritual moment by cleansing yourself of preoccupations, unconsciousness, self-centeredness
, and distractions.