‘Just Do It’ Narcissism | Self-Love for Sale | UTNE Reader |

I have to admit, I am guilty, with respect to being way too involved in worrying about me, my self, and I… and my own self-perceived developments, strengths, weaknesses, need for improvement….

This article “Self-Love for Sale” reprinted in UTNE Reader, is put forth by the author David Sirota.

He’s talking about the Western World mentality, and specifically American focus on the individual, to the point that talking about ‘doing something for the better of the community’, causes politicians to be snickered at and disregarded. It’s a very interesting and fascinating commentary.

Sirota mentions that getting away with some forms of narcissistic behavior are okay at one level, when it’s not intruding on anyone else. There is, however, potential for damage when the achievement of fame and wealth becomes the central organizing objective of society. The future of the republic is threatened by a sharp increase in the number of people who care only about themselves, and the earth’s ecosystem may not survive the scourge of the smog-belching and gas-guzzling “me” culture that first spread in the late 1970s and 1980s. This modern blast of narcissism all but defines America now, an ugly symptom of a deeper infection that predates the rise of the Internet.

About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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