Friday, May 14, 2010

Selfishness

I'm still learning what it means to be a wife. Some days I feel like a pro. Other days, I think that I must be in the running for some worst-of award.

I've become more and more aware of the need for selflessness in our thoughts and actions. Selfishness can become such a binding vice. It incapacitates our abilities to love, forgive, and realize how happy we are. It is the ultimate black hole. It sucks in that which is good and light. I read a talk by "Grandpa Neal" this morning and a few lines stuck out to me:
"Since it is so common, why worry about selfishness anyway? Because selfishness is really self-destruction in slow motion."

"As G. K. Chesterton said, if we can be interested in others, even if they are not interested in us, we will find ourselves “under a freer sky, [and] in a street full of splendid strangers” (Orthodoxy [1959], 21)."
I think selfishness is part of a larger moral deficit that is plaguing modern society. It makes me wonder how a lack of selflessness and integrity has come about. And how can we bring up the next generation to correct the deficiencies that have robbed the economy, the political landscape, and the general morality of society?

2 comments:

La Penseuse Viable said...

i completely agree with you. when most protestant christians think of morality, we equate it almost entirely with sexual morality. we don't often put morality in the context of greed or selfishness. but i fully believe that these are subjects of morality...

Anderson., M.N. said...

I think that is true. However, in regards to the comment, I feel like sexual immorality is both greedy and selfish. Check out this definition of greedy: "Excessively desirous of acquiring or possessing, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves." (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/greedy)

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