The present-day manifestation of society’s “grand malady” is selfishness. (paraphrase of Mark Hatfield, late U.S. senator)

Maybe the “grand malady” of our day is greed or the hunger for power or fame. But Hatfield’s idea should surely be high on the list. From infancy, we detect this besetting characteristic. “It’s mine.” “Me first.” “It’s my turn.” We might wonder if we ever really outgrow those tendencies. Learning to put others first is a great start in living well in community.

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves… Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (Philippians 2:3-4)