Michael Kent- Self Absorption


January 28.

   Self-absorption, in general, can be described as being overly concerned about one’s own affairs, flaws, problems, or traits, to the point in which it blinds one to the problems of others. This sort of vain navel-gazing is often associated with young people, but as the era of modern technology moves along, it is impossible to ignore the sort of mass self-absorption that is now considered common to the point of cliché. While the very concept of self-absorption came into mainstream consciousness with the income of the baby-boomers (appropriately called the “me generation”), the newest generation is called the “now generation”, meaning that being self-absorbed was so common that it became implied.

                In the 21st century, online social media has given people of all ages a soapbox in which they can expound upon their feelings to no end. In the past, you would have to have a conversation with someone to know what their favorite music is, or what their religious beliefs are, but now it can all be identified with a single click. Individuals can now choose the way in which they wanted to be perceived by others. This sort of virtual-identity allows people to completely calculate their image, creating an intense vanity. This obscene individualism is often attributed to the American people, and probably for a good reason. In cultures all over the globe, there is a sort vague group mentality, in which one views their own identity in relationship to that of the group’s. In America however, the hot bed of counter culture for the last hundred years, having one’s own identity, despite the feelings of the majority can be an incredibly powerful thing, but it’s as if having your own opinions and identity has gone off the deep end. An intense sort of isolation has become the norm, where one is so self-absorbed in their own that it develops negligence for your surroundings. To put it simply, this massive wave of self-absorption allows modern man to become nullified to their surroundings, placing them in a dream-like stasis, where their problems are the only ones that bear any significance.

                Can I really speak as if I am so much better? Truth be told, I cannot separate myself from the worst of them. I am a part of the generation that is so alienated. I constantly worry about how others perceive me. The only way to minimalize one’s self absorption, you must gain experience and live in someone else’s shoes to gain a sense of humility. 


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