Rarely to I recommend a book before I have even finished it. But in this case, I have the feeling that I am on solid ground. It is a subject that we have investigated before…yet this book spells it out as plainly as possible. The ultimate display of humanity's desire to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is revealed in our struggle with blatant narcissism. And no other age in the history of the world is turning out to be one that has sold out so completely to the chilling implications of narcissism run amok.
Here is a snippet from the book:
"Understanding the narcissism epidemic is important because its
long-term consequences are destructive to society. American culture’s
focus on self-admiration has caused a flight from reality to the land
of grandiose fantasy. We have phony rich people (with interest-only
mortgages and piles of debt), phony beauty (with plastic surgery and
cosmetic procedures), phony athletes (with performance-enhancing
drugs), phony celebrities (via reality TV and YouTube), phony genius
students (with grade inflation), a phony national economy (with 11
trillion dollars of government debt), phony feelings of being special
among children (with parenting and education focused on self-esteem),
and phony friends (with the social networking explosion). All this
fantasy might feel good, but, unfortunately, reality always wins. The
mortgage meltdown and the resulting financial crisis are just one
demonstration of how inflated desires eventually crash to earth."
Enough said? Get the book…especially those of you who are parents or youth workers, this is a must read. My assertion is this – we are actually participating in the epidemic by tailor-making programs and strategies in local churches and faith communities that are focused on individual satisfaction. Consumerism breeds narcissism. I could go on and on…I won't! Get the book!