Or: Self-Promotion and Keeping Perspective in an Increasingly Narcissistic World
Last Week on NPR I heard a story that disturbed me. It was about a study that linked increasingly narcissistic Pop Music lyrics with an increasingly narcissistic culture. That our culture today is increasingly narcissistic isn’t entirely news anymore. It’s part of the world we live in.
I was born smack in the middle of “Generation Me“, but my childhood was distinctly old school. So at risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon constantly harkening back to a golden age that never was, I was raised to believe in other virtues. Humility, for instance. That’s a virtue that is completely at odds with the rampant narcissism of our culture. It’s not really possible to be both humble and narcissistic, not in any cognitively meaningful way. Isn’t that right?
There’s something else that seems at odds with the idea of…
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