From The True Believer:
“A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.”
This minding of other people's business expresses itself in gossip, snooping and meddling, and in feverish interest in communal, national, and racial affairs. In running away from ourselves we eithr fall on our neighbor's shoulder or fly at his throat.***
The is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.
"It's for the children."