The Return to Egocentrism: Society’s Downfall

Society crumbles as we try to achieve perfection. That is, no matter how we try to preserve and prolong our society the result is still degeneration. The following are some clear evidences based on observation:

  1. Complex social activities
  2. Loss of social norms and mores
  3. Global Economic recession
  4. Climate change

All this happens because of egocentrism. Man’s selfish desires. Dictionary.com defines it as:

1. having or regarding the self or the individual as the center of all things: an egocentric philosophy that ignores social causes.
2. having little or no regard for interests, beliefs, or attitudes other than one’s own; self-centered: an egocentric person; egocentric demands upon the time and patience of others.

Society’s deterioration is due to our selfish desires. A lot of theories and principles right now are patterned to humanistic views. In education for example, the thrust is that teaching should be “child-centered”. That is to pattern you lessons based on what would be best for the child not what is best for the society and to God. Other examples are: Human rights organizations (the extreme of it), child rights, women’s rights, narcissism, juvenile act and many more.

We will notice that due to these organizations and desires, a parent could not discipline his child anymore; criminals are not punished according to the degree corresponding to the crime, etc.

Two views on this matter:

Psychology:

Jean Piaget’s Cognitive Development states that at sensory-motor to pre-operational stage, the child is egocentric, that is, the child thinks the he is the center of the universe and that everything revolves around him. That is why we will notice that a child is happy when he gets everything he wanted, but if he doesn’t get what he wants he would cry out loud and make you feel embarrassed in the crowd.  At concrete operational stage egocentrism disappears, however at formal operational stage which encompasses that stage of young adults to adulthood, egocentrism returns and that explains why we adults tend to think of ourselves first before others. And because of this, the society is in chaos.

The Bible:

God granted us our own free will when He created us. The whole Bible talks about human frailties and disobedience because of this free will. Focusing on the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve fall short of the glory of God because of this free will and disobedience. All because man wanted something for his own – the desire for knowledge and power. Another example is the story of Cain and Abel; because of Cain’s selfish motives, he offered rotten produce and belittled God of his offering. This egocentrism of Cain breed jealousy over his brother which led to Abel’s death in Cain’s arms.

These views clearly show how we humans contribute in the deterioration of our society. Egocentrism will lead to our own destruction, unless we do something about it.

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