I’m so thankful you returned. Picking up where we left off…
My heart aches for those caught in the revolving door of rehab who continue taking the wrong medicine. They have yet to understand that esteeming self enlarges the ego without satisfying it.
I don’t know about you, but if my health is not improving under my doctor’s care, I’m going to seek a second opinion.
And what about the sixteen-year-old girl full of self-esteem? On one hand, she could be demanding the full attention of others, possibly a mean girl, insanely jealous of anyone who steals her limelight. On the other hand, she could be depressed to the point of cutting and eating disorders. Self-esteem presents itself as self-conceit or self-consciousness. It’s not about high or low. Either way you look at it, she’s absorbed in herself.
Not only has self-esteem failed, but I believe it has been the cause of the escalation of violence, the epidemic of entitlement, and the acceleration of bullying in our society. The obsession with ourselves is destroying us and our children.
We’ve raised our children to be self-focused rather than self-forgetful, self-serving rather than self-giving. We’ve taught them to esteem themselves rather than esteem others. We’ve magnified their innate selfishness rather than shattering it.
Next week, we’ll take a look into the remedy.