As I get older, I find it increasingly difficult to keep up with trends, fads, and even vocabulary. I find myself floundering in a sea of jargon like ‘selfies’ and other euphemistic terms for narcissistic traits. So many people seem to find it necessary to constantly take pictures of themselves in various poses and situations then post them on social media. Is it that they have such low self-esteem that this ‘selfie’ stuff artificially boosts their confidence and egos?
As an old timer, I still enjoy the ‘comics’ in my local printed newspaper. This recent cartoon panel featured a radio talk show host responding to a caller in a manner that certainly resonated with me:
What a truism this is, “Delusion is the new self-esteem.”
While a selfie taken with a smart phone is a relatively new phenomenon, narcissism is as old as self-absorbed people have been around. How sad! Scripture speaks to this preoccupation with self, ‘For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3, NKJV). The Greek word huperphroneó used here by Paul means to be overly proud, to have high thoughts.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
~ Brother Roy