Egocentricism: Belief in something greater than the self.


People have become very focused on their own lives and agendas these days. There is nothing wrong with having concern for one’s own well being. We shouldn’t become so blinded by our own desires and problems that we lose sight of the fact that others suffer as we do, and some even more so. People say that no one cares about what happens to me, so why should I care? We should care about humanity as a whole. We should care about the well being of others. If we have room in our hearts for more than our own problems and heartaches, then we grow as a human being. It is also possible that if we have less apathy and more principled living in our lives, the culture of humanity can change as a whole. 

There are greater things than just our own lives. The wonders of nature and the universe abound. I’m not going to endorse religion, as I have no wish to alienate anyone. If you look at the universe from afar it appears as a circulatory system. Every form of life on this earth can be reduced to an equation. It seems as if some grand designer was behind it.  Our lives are over in a flash, we aren’t even a blip on the radar of time. It would be nice if when we said goodbye to this earth, that we could at least be remembered for more than he or she was hard-working and loved their family. That we could be remembered for loving our fellow man and making a difference in someone’s life that we didn’t have to make. If we enriched the life of a stranger for no other reason than it was the right thing to do.

I’m not talking about making grand gestures so you can get adulation from the public. I’m talking about truly selfless acts of kindness. It detracts from the act if your only motivation for doing it is because others will notice how good you wish them to believe you are. We must make decisions from the heart and supplant our egos. We must also be truly passionate about the direction our countries, and our cultures are heading. If we just set back and allow others to decide our fate without so much as a word, then can we truly be surprised when we wallow in misery as a result of their decisions.  It is not enough to vote for this person or that person. We must make our feelings known far and wide. It is only by sharing ideas and being passionate about the changes we wish to see that we will ever realize any of these changes in our lives and the lives of others.

I’m tired of a self-centered society. A society of decadence and self-indulgence will only lead to chaos and collapse . This apathy for anything that doesn’t involve a person directly has to stop. We are all connected whether we choose to believe it or not. It is true. Every action we take or choose not to take either directly or indirectly affects the lives of others. We must take the time to consider our decisions and not allow pride or self-absorption to cloud our judgement. If you truly look within your heart you know what is right. The answer is within each and every one of us if we would only look. We must take the time to slow down from time to time and consider the world around us. Find some solitude and contemplate the truly important things in life. The most important thing of all in my opinion is personal growth and learning. We only grow by appreciating others and understanding that life is a journey. We are all on this trip together, and there is no need to make it harder for our fellow man.





Author: James Borden

I'm a veteran of the U.S Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan. I will not pull punches in my articles and what you see is what you get.

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