Isaiah 53:6 tells us “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” Each individual, like sheep without a shepherd takes off in their own direction destroying unity. Meeism is a sad commentary in any society. Israel was divided during the time of the Judges. Judges 17:6 and 21:25 talk about this, “In those days… every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” These were local leaders like the warlords in the Middle East.
In our first efforts to understand “Meeism” and the cascading challenges it presents individuals, families, communities and nations consider the things which influence us. We defined “Meeism” as the antithesis of Jesus Christ in all things. Out of pure love, God selflessly sacrificed Himself providing our citizenship in Heaven, the perfect society. Meeism models society to personal desires; the individual demands society conform to “me.” Indivdiualism’s divisivness forces the masses to quibble while the few profit. Therefore, Meeism is loveless, selfish and truly narrowminded.
Society and its attitudes influence our lives in many ways. For instance, current day politics move toward American socialism forcing increased state dependence. Therefore, a government shutdown that should affect no one in a free country has rippling effects throughout our nation. This fabricates an artificial need for a stronger central government. Regardless, if stronger government control of life feeds my desires and reassures me, it receives my vote.
As we adopt a European socialist existence, Meeism reduces American exceptionalism by increasing individuality. We become less patriotic and more antisocial nationally. Our political selection processes and operations become more merciless and ruthless with an ends justifies the means outlook, society sees this as a normative; people simply mimic leadership. Political leadership will likely discard treaties at a whim eliminating expectations of loyalty. People discard the marriage covenant at a whim eliminating expectations of family loyalty. Sincerity will fluctuate with relative truth. No principle exists to transcend personal desire. We become vain in our imaginations and our foolish hearts are darkened with obsession and impulse.
We should consider some evidence. First, the growing trend toward relativism – any theory holding that judgments are relative, truth varies with individual thought. We addressed this in “God and the UPS Truck.” God cannot be what we make Him any more than one can decide to be a certain animal or insect instead of human. The “I think, therefore I am” mantra sounds good until you apply for the position of Chief of Neuro-surgery at a prominent medical center and realize you need verifiable qualifications. Making things relative to our own thoughts is foolish no matter how you slice it. In the larger sense, relativism thinks all things in society serve self. In the smaller sense, we engineer all things to our personal liking considering no one else in life whether spouse or child. Truth become a lie and lies become the truth as long as it serves “me.”
Second, consider the growing desire for “five minutes of fame.” The popularity of supposed reality shows exemplifies this. People willing to address legal issues on public television, other survivalist shows depict some of the worst behaviors in mankind. People scheming against one another, illicit relationships for positional gain and ruthless slander are not only expected, but encouraged. Narcissism abounds. Other shows depict families in vicious arguments as they attempt to conduct business building motorcycles, repossessing vehicles or apprehending fugitive bond jumpers. This behavior promotes the love of money, prestige or acclaim and vicious hate, deception and self-absorption as normal attitudes.
Third, the growing desire to, “Have it our way.” This slogan may fit well in fast food restaurants however, from pop-psychology’s focus on feelings to the entitlement mentality and “if it feels good do it” there are destructive trends of “Meeism.” Children are encouraged toward independence earlier and earlier in life, to engage in and be knowledgeable about sex or sexual preferences, to rebel especially against any established norm. These all stem from promoting children’s self-esteem. Fulfilling individual desire and self expression are the primary motivations in life. Pleasing others is always secondary, unless that pleases you personally. We wonder why so many children fear commitment. Commitment requires less “me” and more, “them” or “you.”
Finally, society’s desire to individualize based in all these elements drives wedges between people by forcing categorization, stereotypes and labels. Whether political, ethnic, racial, sexual or religious, “me” forces an affront to “you” or “us.” Every act that limits one’s ability to see others needs or understand the balance of society points instead back to self. More marriages fail because each is interested in their own happiness, not that of their spouse. Jesus taught us to “love thy neighbor as thyself” not to a comfortable level that balances “me.” It is not about how far “I” am willing to go. Selfless intellectual love is forsaken for the ignorant passion of lust. Ladies and Gentlemen, heroes do not give their lives so that they themselves can live. Hero’s give their lives for others.
This is a sad commentary on our society but there is great hope. The ultimate hero, Jesus of Nazareth, gave His life and arose again the third day to free mankind from death’s sting. America is the most generous nation in the world because we were founded under Christian principles, chief of which is love they neighbor as thyself. Selflessness results in “Greater love has no man than this that that a man lay down his life for his friends.” The word for “life” is not physical existence it is spiritual. We could easily translate this scripture, “No one has greater love than this, someone puts down his own spirit’s desire for his friends.” The subject of the sentence is “friends” not love. It could be as simple as giving up that hunting trip to share quality time with your family, forgoing that golf outing with your buddy to take your son for a walk, leaving work early to sit with your wife quietly at home. Going to church when you want to … Selflessness in society begins with faith in Christ the embodiment of selflessness.