By Erma Edera
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David encouraged the youth to fight against “narcissism” and “selfie culture” to rediscover their relationship to God during the first day of the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM) in FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan.
In his talk titled “IMG (I am God): Selfie Syndrome and the Image of Mercy”, David said the habit for taking selfies can create an increased preoccupation with “self” and the culture of selfies produces narcissistic behavior.
“Selfie syndrome is a possible manifestation of a narcissistic personality disorder,” he said.
David said the characteristics of a narcissist are shamelessness, magical thinking, arrogance, envy, entitlement, exploitative and self-centeredness.
According to David, the antidote to toxic “selfie syndrome” is to find another kind of bread such as the word of God, do not be reckless and do not worship what is not God.
“We must enlighten the young people about the ill-effect of selfie culture, offer to them instead the image of Mercy and explore self-centeredness versus God-centeredness to fight against the narcissism of modern life to rediscover their relationship to God,” he said.
The “selfie culture” represents a society that is losing touch with its humanity, according to a media expert Teresa Tomeo, he said.
David also reminded the attendees that God has to pay the price with his own blood to save the undeserving.
“The God chooses to save not just those who are righteous and deserving but he chooses to save also the sinners and undeserving,” he said.