On Being Self-Centered

The review by Anthony Lane in the New Yorker (January 16) of two movies involving quarreling brothers raises a question that everybody who is frustrated by non-comprehending others – not only brothers – asks from time to time: “Why are you so self-centered?”

I have not seen the movies and have no idea whether that question was actually asked. If it was, I would answer:

“You are asking the wrong question. Everybody is self-centered. We can’t help it. It is part of the human condition. You should ask: When will you ever learn to conceal your self-centeredness?”

That would stump me.

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