Queen’s chaplain criticises selfie culture

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The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, of the Ecclesiastical Household in Scotland, said the selfie culture was “narcissism gone wild”, and said following Jesus was about “taking up a cross rather than a selfie stick.”

Dr Chalmers said that last summer he and his wife had visited the Pantheon in Rome, writing in Life and Work, the Church of Scotland magazine, he said he “overheard a young man and his companion: ‘Where do you want to go now?’ The response was, ‘Let’s nip down to the Vatican. I don’t want to hang around there, but I need to get a quick selfie in front of St Peter’s; then we’re done.’

 

 

“There may be nothing much wrong with the occasional photograph that shows us standing beside some famous person or site, but is it altogether healthy to be running around with your phone on a selfie-stick to make sure that you’re at the centre of every picture?

“Life isn’t all about me, me, me! Modesty beats pride hands down, humility is healthier than arrogance and self-effacement beats self-importance every time.”   

 

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