But when we have too much “I,” with too much “I have a right to,” then we necessarily move to a life of hatred, because all our rights cannot be maintained, as Americans think. When there’s too much “I need,” we are necessarily led to greed. We become a consumer culture.
This pretty much nails me. My most selfish moments are born out of a frustration that somehow I am not going to get what I think I deserve or have coming to me. Doesn’t this define pretty much the root of all rage we see around us in traffic, people thinking they aren’t treated properly by a waiter, etc.?