Martin Luther King Jr. // "The individual who is self-centered, the individual who is egocentric ends up being very sensitive, a very touchy person... These are the people you have to handle with kid gloves...anything gets them off, anything makes them angry... These are the people who cannot face disappointments. These are the people who cannot face being defeated. These are the people who cannot face being criticized... They end up thinking that the universe stands against them, that everybody is against them... Now one will inevitably raise the question: How then do we conquer self-centeredness? How do we get away from this thing that we call self-centeredness? ... All human beings have a desire to belong and to feel significant and important. And the way to solve this problem is not to drown out the ego, but to find your sense of importance in something outside of the self... Sometimes it’s friends, sometimes it’s family, sometimes it’s a great cause...a great loyalty, but give yourself to that something and life becomes meaningful... You conquer self-centeredness by coming to the point of seeing that you are where you are today because somebody helped you to get there... No matter where you stand, no matter how much popularity you have, no matter how much education you have, no matter how much money you have, you have it because somebody in this universe helped you to get it... You discover that you have your position because of the events of history and because of individuals in the background making it possible for you to stand there."