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Live for yourself and end up alone in the end.
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In a nation where ” . . . the pursuit of happiness.” from our Declaration of Independence (See Declaration of Independence) seems to have more emphasis placed on it, than equality or the importance of a society‘s ability to provide security for the least able among us, “The Self” is paramount. It seems we are very willing to buy into the commercial hype proclaiming “You are Number One”, “You Deserve the Best” or how much our culture venerates the wealthy no matter how ill gotten their good fortune may have been acquired. It is prioritized even though this priority lessens the importance of relationships within families, marriages, friendships and associations. The Media has responded a little by including “upbeat” or “positive” segments at the end of some news casts about altruism but, this effort barely is able to off set the more entertaining negatives, or the excitement generated by heralding conspicuous materialism. Sometimes a negative news story seems to expose a degree of selfishness that even the egotists are appalled by but, that reaction quickly fades and is soon forgotten.
How much wealth should an individual be allowed to possess at the expense of others?
You may have become aware of how a CEO of a pharmaceutical company seemed to take advantage of people who desperately needed a drug that he secured the right to manufacture. He acquired a smaller company that had made this very effective drug inexpensively for decades. It was “used to treat a dangerous multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis” (See Huge price increase for old drug ). As soon as he was able he increased the selling price astronomically, immediately placing ill people at risk and setting for himself an opportunity to reap a great monetary profit. This story ties into similar suspicious increases for important drugs within this industry; sadly this now seems to be a trend in The U.S.A. Other departures in what seems normal, or fair, have been noted when executives receive huge bonuses for down sizing companies.
They receive their reward and add to their opulence displaying vulgar excessive materialism, even though their actions often result in numerous workers being forced into joblessness. I have learned about such examples of this business tactic being used throughout my lifetime but now, I fear that even average citizens choose to focus on gathering riches for themselves with selfish actions. They reject having families by not having children but instead pursue only self-gratification. This social course within our nation maximizes the “self” and minimizes “The Family Unit” and probably will have serious negative consequences for the future of our country. What will this trend bring our nation if it continues? Only God knows.
SONG: I’m so Important
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What the Bible Teaches about Selfishness.tactics
Philippines 2:4 ESV
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
1 John 3:17 ESV
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
2 Timothy 3:2-4 ESV
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.