Earlier in the month, Bruce Charlton posted a short but powerful summary of our contemporary predicament in “The extreme depravity of modern Western leaders.” While I read Charlton’s description of the modern Western elite, I thought of Eliot’s observation from The Cocktail Party:
Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm—but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.
May the age of self esteem soon become an age of repentence!