During my time of great searching for any sort of meaning, I happened to come across Shirley MacLaine’s autobiographical ode to extra-terrestrials, Out on a Limb. I found much of the book fascinating: especially her travels through the Andes with a guy who claimed to have had a sexual affair a woman from another planet; a few shades of Katy Perry’s “E.T.” here. But most of all, this quotation of MacLaine’s really stuck with me: “You must never worship anyone or anything other than self. For you are God. To love self is to love God.” Here lies the Credo of today. It’s a simple but effective heresy as old as Man himself. All you have to do is look at the first few pages of The Bible. The devil tempted Eve in saying: “…your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” This is a simple but very effective lie that remains as powerful today as ever. Everywhere you look, from pop-psychology books and high-school counselors to daytime talk shows the mantra chanted across the hallways and airways is “self-esteem.” We must all love ourselves more. Why does a 15-year-old boy take drugs? Because he has low self-esteem. Why does a high school freshman have numerous sexual partners? Because she has low self-esteem. This goes on and on ad-nauseum. Recommending that people who are selfishly self-destructive to love themselves more is like prescribing cigarettes to an emphysema patient. They have become their own gods. They first need to be taught that there is something greater than themselves: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Instead of loving ourselves foremost, we must love the Lord with all our hearts. And then, only by giving love to our neighbors as the Lord has loved us, can we truly come to love ourselves.