It's not Our Selfish Ego, it's Displacement Activity
Our ideas on how we look, our self image in the form of our physical appearance from the outside - has become central to our sense of identity. Yet mirrors were only generally available since the 1850's and now the kids are hooked on selfies. In the developed world, we have all our ancestors ever wanted, and wanted for their children. The deep-freeze is full, we've got central heating, hot water bottles, peanut butter and houses of brick. And we are full of our own views and opinions on life, which we always need to confirm.
We're showing symptoms of vanity, greed, and conceit, but i DON'T believe that it's our selfish ego which is the cause. It is our insecurity.
The reason modern human life is insecure, is because we have lost the mutual confirmation of a social group, a group of at least 30 people who all believe, unquestioningly, in the same things.
In ancient cultures, a common understanding of life - the beliefs, customs, clothing and language, united a tribe. In the modern diverse culture our same basic understandings of life, have almost no mutual confirmation. Any trace of the original animal sense of belonging is long gone; and now we have even lost the mutual support of our tribe. Our lives are insecure in a way no humans in any previous culture, have ever experienced, or even imagined, and so, we all still feel very insecure. ...
And all we can do, and think of doing, is going after more focus points: entertainment, God, relaxation, sport, music, chakras, holidays, sex, and the ego, are all only focal points. 'I' is a focal point. Either subject or object. It makes no difference if any of these focal points are real or abstract, they are all to do with focussed wanting activities.
We may think sleep is the balance. ... Animals balance all they do, play, work, and sleep, by broadbanding.
We have developed a form of over-compensation with our focussing activities: thinking, understanding, getting, doing, creating; having beliefs, ideas and opinions. ... then what else is there to do? This is all we ever learnt from our culture.
We have collectively developed, what has become a form of displacement activity. Displacement activity is when hens scratch and peck at nothing, just because they feel insecure; dogs and cats clean when they actually want feeding. Any habitual activity can be displaced. We are displacing with our focussing abilities. Everyone is doing it all the time, not only politicians, even prophets and poets, no one questions it, (maybe except me). It is culturally confirmed. It is an unspoken belief, focussed activity is all everyone agrees on.
The continual want for a focus point, an aim, a reason to live, something to want, to think in terms of focal points, is all we know how to do. We don't know how it is to be without a focus point. We've lost the balance, and from a broadband perspective we can't expect to feel whole (in this modern diverse culture), without it.