Sadly, some societies seem to promote self-centeredness as a virtue. I am reminded of a poem by Chrystos that about a disease called ICOTU (I am the Center Of The Universe). Living in the U.S., many people, including myself, sometimes suffer from this affliction until there is a shift in spiritual outlook.
Common signs of self-centeredness are thoughts that appear similar to the following:
- What am I getting out of this?
- When will _______ just do what I want (often known as "the right way")?
- I just wish that __________.
- If only __________.
- I only __________.
- Because if he or she ___________, then I would _____________.
What are your spiritual explanations for how things happen and why?