Man’s hubris leads an egoist to misbelieve in the gullible delusion of his own importance. By my math, an individual commands power over just about 0.000000017% of society (with a margin of error around +/- 0.000000003%. He is the smallest minority and is, thereby, deserving of sympathy, however… He’s just not real impactful in things like salvation for either himself or the human condition. And, GOD is sovereign over all life and inanimate flourishes. For, despite our wondrous and worthy creations, we are a breeze away from being blown into the flotsam of history’s obscurity.
Egocentrism is characterized by preoccupation with one’s own internal world, and I would add, the incorrect belief that we also have any real power to change the course of history or save mankind from inevitable ruin, cool the planet, stop terrorism, etc. and et al.
Egocentrics regard themselves and their own opinions or interests as being the most important or valid, as they waste nary a moment to share their infinite wisdom on any a sundry matter. Celebrities in Hollywood are used to sycophants and social remora acceding that their importance rises to a level of “profundity.” Those who have gotten their teeth knocked out, tend to find humility at some point. The good Lord has a system of checks and balances to that end. Some incorrectly call it karma.
To the secular, celebrants of self and self-gratification, self-relevant information is seen to be more important in shaping one’s judgments than are thoughts about others and other-relevant information–like the Gospel. Egocentric people are unable to fully understand or to cope with other people’s opinions and the fact that reality can be different from what they are ready to accept. Egocentrism is not the same as narcissism, but they are tangential.
The epistemic virtues, as identified by virtue epistemologists, reflect their contention that belief is an ethical process, and thus susceptible to the intellectual virtue or vice of one’s own life and personal experiences. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the question “How do we know?” Some epistemic virtues have been identified by W. Jay Wood, based on research into the medieval tradition. Being an epistemically virtuous person is often equated with being a critical thinker, and this dovetails into the realm of self-importance and ignorance of GOD. Epistemic virtues will get you nowhere without grace. If you disagree, I will stand by as you use your wondrous power to disprove me.