To be egocentric is to treat the self as an isolated, competitive entity, an autonomous agent with minimal relationship or obligation to other people or the larger world.
In an egocentric society, infancy and early childhood , is actually the easiest interval of life to navigate, for both children and parents, because it’s possible to oversee most influences in your child’s world. Your family’s and friends’ homes and your visits to relatively unpeopled nature compose the vast majority of your child’s domain. During her first four or five years, it’s possible to insulate your child from most of the egocentric influences of the surrounding society.
The loss or contraction of innocence is all too common in our egocentric society as a result of child-rearing practices and philosophies that emphasize obedience, indulgence, or preschool academic achievement. In America today, we are witnessing an escalating pressure on parents to drive their children to learn ever earlier and ever more. It’s pretty easy to see that in most cases this “early enrichment education” is serving egocentric values. It’s designed to help your kid compete, get ahead, crawl to the top of the heap, and be first in line for that all-important egocentric award, trophy, or winning school application. Set aside technological education until the school years, and banish coerced learning forever.
It’s essential to help your child form a healthy personality that can survive and thrive in an egocentric society. The soul-initiated person you hope your child becomes must, after all, develop a personality that can function in egocentric culture without being solely of it.
One of the most potent ways to contribute to cultural transformation is for you and your family to become role models — you make a radical change in lifestyle, if you can, if you dare, and if it feels right and inspiring to do so. The soulcentric lifestyle choices that you make really do have a significant impact on your community. Others who are ready to make similar changes will be inspired by your example. Culture shifts one individual and family at a time.
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