Posted by: Craig | 28 September, 2007

Narcissistic Culture…

Just in reference to the previous post I found this quoted on wikipedia about narcissism, I wont say anything other than just compare it to the world you see around you.

Historian and social critic Christopher Lasch (1932—1994) described this topic in his book, “The Culture of Narcissism”,[3] published in 1979.

He defines a narcissistic culture as one in which every activity and relationship is defined by the hedonistic need to acquire the symbols of spiritual wealth, this becoming the only expression of rigid, yet covert, social hierarchies. It is a culture where liberalism only exists in so far as it serves a consumer society, and even art, sex and religion lose their liberating power.

In such a society of constant competition, there can be no allies, and little transparency. The threats to acquisitions of social symbols are so numerous, varied and frequently incomprehensible, that defensiveness, as well as competitiveness, becomes a way of life. Any real sense of community is undermined — or even destroyed — to be replaced by virtual equivalents that strive, unsuccessfully, to synthesize a sense of community.

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