Mature character demands we outgrow our natural egocentrism. But an entitled, egocentric, narcissistic culture holds many of us back.
Egocentricity and attitudes of entitlement are normal characteristics of immaturity. Growing beyond these tendencies is the mark of mature character.
How Culture Influences Character Culture influences character development in many ways. Various values, norms, and traditions largely define a culture. And cultures invariably promote these things and their embrace by constituents. (Cultures also tend to punish failures to embrace these things!) Consequently, culture has a lot to do with the attitudes folks form and the … Continue reading Culture Influences Character and Vice-Versa
Forging good character is inherently hard work. So, you have to have the heart for it.
For a culture steeped in egocentricity, entitlement, relativism, and permissiveness to change, hearts must change first. But as they do, this age of narcissism will eventually come to an end.
Healthy character is not so much about the gratitude you feel in your heart but more about what you demonstrate with your actions.
Pathological heartlessness, combined with egomania, characterizes humanity’s most dangerous predators.
Extreme narcissistic malignancy characterizes the most disturbed characters among us. They wantonly use and abuse and feel entitled to do so.
Narcissistic malignancy is largely about empathy deficiency and grandiosity. Folks who don’t care and feel superior will wantonly use and abuse.
Pathological pride happens when our hearts are so full of our egoic selves that there isn’t any room left for the Source.