The word narcissism seems to keep cropping up

A word that seems to come up often as folks try to describe and understand what they see in political discussion is narcissism (dictionarywikipedia). It seems related to the coarsening of public discourse in the use of swear words and a general contempt for others. Dennis Prager made note of one such example.

The ’60s redefined narcissism as idealism. The individual’s feelings became sacrosanct.

That is why the self-esteem movement — the idea that how an individual feels about himself is far more important than what he actually accomplishes — arose from the Left.

And that is why you almost never hear a conservative say “I am offended” when reacting to a liberal speaker or writer, but it is quite commonplace for a liberal to use those words in reacting to someone from the Right.

“Make love not war” was another example of placing one’s feelings above other values. That is why it is a very good thing for the world that the previous generation, the one that fought Hitler, didn’t believe in making love rather than war. [“Buck Fush” and the Left, Dennis Prager. June 5, 2007]

The concepts opposite to narcissism include such things as courtesy, honor, civility, integrity, and patriotism. These are often worn as banners to attempt to show how someone thinks they are super great and civic minded. But such an attempt to use these things as a cloak and not as a guide to personal behavior is indeed just an expression of narcissism.

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