The narcissist has no redemptive influence on a culture that is already obsessed with itself. He can’t fit others into his heart because it’s already full of himself. He has fabricated his own role in life to write, produce, direct, and star in his own autobiographical docudrama. He only reaches out to others when he needs “extras” to make him look good by appearing in the background and reading the lines he gives them.
On the other hand, those who concede their deficiency are the best consensus-builders. They know what they’re made of and treat others with humility. Like all good servants, willing to subordinate their own desires, they devote themselves to making other people successful. Biblical “justice” occurs when people are willing to “disadvantage themselves to advantage others.” The wicked “disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.”
“God cannot fill what is full. He can fill only emptiness – deep poverty. It is not how much we really “have” to give – but how empty we are – so that we can receive fully in our life and let him live his life in us. Take away your eyes from yourself and rejoice that you have nothing.” Mother Teresa
This is an excerpt from a book I hope to publish in the near future on the Sermon on the Mount called: What In The World? Some Moral, Social, and Politically Disruptive Implications of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.