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According to University of Kentucky psychologist Nathan Dewall, today’s young people “love themselves more today than ever before.” By analyzing the top songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 songs over the past three decades Dewall found a steady increase in self-centeredness and hostility toward others.”

The study found a marked increase in the prevalence of the words “I” and “me” in song lyrics, and fewer instances of “we” and “us.” Angry words about hating and killing also surpassed positive words like “love” or “sweet.”

--The Week, May 13, 2011, p. 21 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

It seems as if a generation that has moved away from God, has also forgotten Paul’s admonition to think others more important than self.

Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV) (3) Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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