Are We All Slowly Slipping Into Narcissism?
It’s time to check ourselves.
Egos are getting bigger. There’s more success to show the next person. And more tools to signal to the next person that we’re important too.
It’s like the more innovation we see, the more self-absorbed we become. It’s all about me and less about the next person.
We care more about how we appear, what the next person sees, and showing the next person our every achievement.
You really can’t blame anyone par se because wealth has become more equalized than it has ever been. More people are climbing the ladder and can afford status symbols. More people have access to the information — and tools — to create and build wealth.
So for the need to feel good about ourselves, we resort to signalling or telling the next person how well we’re doing.
And with this rather egalitarian distribution of money-making power, narcissism has become at an all-time high. Although it may be nothing extreme, it’s worth checking
We’re all about how we can look better than the next person, how they compare to us in terms of fun, glam and riches.
Blame it on social media or whatever you can, but while one part of me believes this has been playing out generations back with the number of land and livestock owned, it’s more rampant today because of the distribution of wealth and information.
It’s human nature.
And it’s highlighted today because more people can get the symbols of wealth. It’s easier to signal riches, happiness and fun than it was in the past. It’s easier to convince the next person you’re doing better — even if we’re not
We’re all guilty of these things, even in the smallest proportions. But my advice is to slow it down. Focus less on self, and try to contribute in your little way to help others