A Comment on Self-Centeredness

A self-centered person is not guilty of too much concern with self. We all are, or at least should be, the most important thing in our lives. Get real. Is a stranger more important to you than yourself? Of course not. And even a loved one, like a spouse or a child, can only at best be on an equal footing with yourself. The problem with a self-centered person is too little contact with reality. What aspect of reality, specifically? The aspect of reality which requires that we all be the center of our own universe. I am the center of mine, but I recognize you are, and should be, the center of yours. Benevolence and peace among human beings does not arise from selflessness. It arises from the recognition of the fact that each one of us is, and should be, self-interested.