Excessive Selfishness In C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity

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The concept of of excessive selfishness has been recognized throughout history. C.S. Lewis writes in his book Mere Christianity that pride is the "anti-God" state, the position in which the ego and the self are directly opposed to God: "Unchastely, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. In the book the writer tries to defend christianity but from a logical point of view, he argues that a basic “moral code or law” exists in almost all religions at least at a fundamental level and he believes that this moral law isn’t some arbitrary human invention. Later on in the book Lewis…show more content…
Now if we think about how narcissism works in societies and different groups we can look at the term “collective narcissism or group narcissism” which basically means that a person will feel so strongly about the group he is in or the sect he belongs it that he ego will be inflated which will make him unreasonable or less tolerating towards a different group or a sect., collective narcissism asserts that one can have a similar excessively high opinion of a group, and that a group can function as a narcissistic entity. One of the very good example for this concept is a extremist religious group or a society that has become narcissistic and this is what the writer “Mubarak Ahmad” basically talks about in his book called “tehzeebi nargisiat” literally translated to cultural…show more content…
He analyzes that we as a society have always been narcissists and we base our pride on the historic facts rather than the current situation that we have been living in, he also identifies the problem that in the minds of almost all the muslims islam is the answer to all the problems and it is the best and perfect way of life, where ias there is nothing apparently with this, this type of thinking gives a rise to hostile behavior of said muslims towards minorities or people who belong to a different school of thought as Mubarak talks about narcissism in muslim societies, it hasn’t been such a new concept as Christopher Lasch talked about the narcissism in american culture in his book “in the culture of narcissism” some 30 years ago. In the book Christopher Lasch describes that a form of pathological narcissism has spread all over america, and he derives his definition of narcissism from freud but uses in a broader sense. He uses the term pathological because he thinks that the narcissism in american culture is heightened and not

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